Coyotes can be found in all of Maryland counties, appearing in both urban and rural areas. While coyotes are not nearly as aggressive as other wild animals, they have been known to attack people and pets. For this reason, homeowners should utilize these tricks to keep coyotes out of their yard and keep their family out of danger.
Do not leave food outside
Like most wild animals, coyotes are opportunistic creatures, which means they will eat any food they can find. This means leaving food outside is a foolproof way to attract coyotes.
Many individuals might feel compelled to feed local wildlife. But intentionally feeding wildlife will encourage the creature to return, which is never a good idea. If they return in search of food but do not find any, they might try to enter your home.
If you feed your pets outside, make sure to keep a watchful eye over them while they eat. When they are finished eating, be sure to bring in the bowl and all remaining food, including the pieces that might have spilled.
Always clean your grill after using it – the food remnants and grease will attract coyotes. If possible, store your grill in the garage or in another secure area when not in use.
If you have fruit trees growing in your yard, be sure to clean up any fallen pieces. If you have a vegetable garden, pick your vegetables as soon as they are ripe to prevent coyotes from stealing them.
Close off crawl spaces and sheds
Aside from food sources, coyotes are also always on the search for private areas that can be used as shelters or dens. Since coyotes are generally nocturnal animals, they need to find safe areas that will protect them from predators while they sleep during the day.
It is important to close off all crawl spaces underneath the house, sheds, or any other sheltered areas that coyotes could use to sleep.
Scare them off
If you see a coyote in your yard, scare them off completely to prevent them from returning. Remember to keep your distance and use these safe hazing methods as to prevent injury or damages.
From the safety of your home, wave your hands and yell at the coyote. Coyotes are fearful of larger animals and predators, so they will likely run off.
Or make loud noises using air horns, bells, whistles, or even by bang pots and pans together.
Have A Coyote Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a coyote problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.
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