Recently, there has been an increase in coyote sightings and encounters in residential and park areas within the Village of Riverside. Most encounters are from a distance as most coyotes do not seek out human interaction. Residents should take the following actions to minimize coyote-human encounters and to protect themselves and their pets.

Do not encourage coyotes by feeding them.Keep pet food and water dishes inside.Keep barbeque grills clean.If possible, do not keep garbage cans outside.Clear away all bushes and dense weeds near your home where coyotes might seek cover.

Coyotes, like other wild animals, can become “comfortable” with their environments if unchallenged or unnoticed. If you do encounter a coyote, you should:

Be confident and bold. Make loud noises and make yourself larger by raising your hands above your head or flaring clothing.Do not be submissive, turn your back, or run.If you are followed by a coyote, you are likely walking through its territory and it is merely escorting or “shadowing” you to make sure you are not a threat.Although unlikely, if you encounter aggressive behavior, throw something near the ground by the coyote first, and then, if necessary, towards its body.

Coyotes are wild animals who hunt other animals for survival. They have been known to kill foxes which compete with coyotes for small prey. Domestic dogs and cats may sometimes be appealing as prey to coyotes. Below are a few recommendations to keep your pets safe.

Walk your dog or cat on a leash.Never leave dogs or cats unattended in the yard and always keep them inside at night.Keep your yard well-illuminated when outdoors at night with your pet.

Residents of Riverside should familiarize themselves with the information below regarding coyotes in the Village in the Forest.

Riverside Coyote Policy Packet 2013