Homeowner’s Yard Audit to Discourage Coyotes

ActivityMaintenance/Mitigation Measures

Food SourcesNever intentionally feed a coyote

Pet FoodFeed pets indoors, store all pet food securely indoors
Water SourcesRemove water attractants, such as pet water bowls
Bird FeedersUse no-spill bird feeders. Clean up fallen seed to reduce the attractiveness to small mammals that coyotes prefer to eat
Fallen Fruit from fruit treesClean up fallen fruit around fruit trees to eliminate food source
CompostEnclose compost piles especially if using meat and dairy products as part of composting
BBQ GrillsClean up any spilled food around BBQ grills after each use
TrashSecure all outdoor trash containers with locking lids and clean containers periodically to reduce odors and smells
LandscapingRegularly trim vegetation around the perimeter of property to reduce hiding spaces and potential denning areas
Structures/BuildingsRestrict access under decks and sheds, and around wood piles that can provide cover or shelter for both coyotes and their prey
FencingEnclose property with a 6 ft. perimeter fence and make sure fence in contact with ground.  To prevent digging under the fence, fence should be buried 6 inches into ground to deter digging underneath
PetsNever leave pets unattended outside, never allow pets to approach coyotes, enclose outdoor pet kennels and dog runs, walk pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length