Numerous coyote sightings have been reported in the community over the past few months.
While the HOA does not have direct responsibility for wildlife management, here are a few tips to keep your family and pets safe:
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes
- Do not leave small children outside unattended
- Keep your cats inside, supervise small dogs and keep your pet confined and/or on a leash
- Remove any outdoor pet food
- Pick up fruit as soon as it falls to the ground
- Eliminate any sources of water, from bird baths to puddles
- Trim overgrown landscaping
- Secure garbage in cans that cannot be tipped over or easily accessed by wildlife using bungee cord or other means
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
If you do happen to see a coyote:
- Make the coyote feel uncomfortable
- Be aggressive. Yell or spray a hose at the coyote
- Make yourself appear large and stand your ground
- Never turn your back or run away
- Bring a whistle or stick with you on walks
- If followed by a coyote, use hazing techniques including making loud noises and throw rocks or sticks toward them
Thank you for doing your part to make Orangecrest Country a safe place to live!