COYOTES IN LAKE OSWEGO
Thank you to the many residents for sharing their wildlife experience and providing some useful information. I have attached information you and your neighbors may find useful when dealing with coyotes and other urban wildlife.
Lake Oswego, like most communities across the country supports a population of coyotes that live mostly unnoticed and away from people. Coyotes are naturally curious, but are usually timid animals and normally will run away if challenged. Conflicts between coyotes, people, and pets are becoming an increasingly common problem in urban and suburban areas across the county and pose challenges for local municipalities.
Coyote hazing (Coyote Hazing Guidelines attached) has been used successfully in communities such as Denver, Colorado to reduce bold or aggressive behavior in coyotes (such as attacking pets, “escorting” behavior, and bold behavior toward people) in both individual coyotes and coyote family groups.
Coyotes should not feel comfortable around people or their homes. If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, you should do your best to make it feel unwelcome. You can discourage coyotes from hanging around your home by scaring coyotes off your property and by removing coyote attractants such as garbage, compost, outdoor pet food and habitat for rodents.
Conflicts between coyotes and people are extremely rare. There are hundreds of animal bites reported in Oregon every year; however only one nip has ever been attributed to a coyote. If a coyote behaves aggressively towards humans, this behavior should be reported immediately to the Lake Oswego Police Department at 503-635-0238.
The Public Information Office works with the Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Staff and the Humane Society of the United States, if a problem develops with wildlife living in Lake Oswego.
For additional information visit the Audubon Society of Portland website at www.audubonportland.org or call the Administration Offices at 503-292-6855.
Please take the opportunity to read the attached material with some useful information and share with neighbors who may also have an interest.
Diana Smith-Bouwer Public Information Office City of Lake Oswego
Coyote Hazing Guidelines
Coyote Management Fact Sheet
Preventing Conflicts with Coyotes