Coyotes are commonly found in suburbs and cities such as Richardson throughout the year, but especially in the spring.
The animals are usually seen alone or in pairs, but they can sometimes be seen in larger groups in the summer or fall, as pups born in the spring grow older.
Coyotes are generally not dangerous to humans, but they can present a danger to small pets. If you have a concern about an unusually aggressive coyote, please contact Animal Services at 972-744-4480.
Coyotes can range from 20 to 50 pounds and are typically about 2 feet tall at the shoulders, about the size of a small German shepherd. They are usually gray or buff-colored and have a bushy tail.
Plentiful food means that coyotes often live in cities such as Richardson. They are most often seen at dawn and dusk, but they can be active any time of day.
A coyote’s regular diet is small animals such as rabbits, rodents and insects, but they will eat anything. Small dogs and cats can become prey if wild animals are scarce or if coyotes have become used to scavenging for pet food or garbage in neighborhoods.
How to discourage coyotes
- Do not feed them or other wildlife.
- Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
- Feed your pets indoors if possible. If your pets are fed outdoors, be sure to remove any leftover food.
- Place bird feeders well above coyotes’ reach.
- Keep pets confined to securely fenced areas. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors.
- Make fences at least 6 feet high, and extending 6 inches below ground level.
- If you have fowl, rabbits or other small animals, keep them in secure enclosures.
- Use bright lights and make loud noises to discourage coyotes from staying.
- If a coyote visits your yard, wave your arms, shout, and spray it with a water hose to keep coyotes from losing their natural fear of humans.