POLL OF THE DAY: Coyote sightings in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On October 29th, Lincoln Animal Control released a coyote sightings map in direct response to more than 250 phone calls they have received from the public related to coyote sightings since June 2020.

According to the sightings map, the coyote population appears to remain predominately in the eastern part of the city.

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Animal Control urges residents to follow these coyote encounter tips: 

  • Do not feed coyotes under any circumstances. 
    • Feeding coyotes invites them into your space.
    • The majority of cases where coyotes come within close proximity to people is due to people feeding coyotes. 
  • Obey leash laws, an uncontrolled dog can lead to a coyote confrontation.
    • Keep all pets indoors at night, especially smaller dogs and cats. 
  • Keep sources of food away from wildlife, such as garbage, pet food, bird feeders, squirrel feeders, brush piles, compost piles, and easy access to water.
    • Brush piles, harbor rodents, and rabbits are all food sources for coyotes.
  • If you do encounter a coyote, stay calm and haze the coyote; hazing is a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal away from an area or discourage undesirable behaviors / activities. 
    • Try blowing a whistle or sounding off an air horn
    • Raise your hands and yell. 
    • Throw sticks or rocks toward the coyote. 
    • Continue making noise and hazing the coyote until it moves on. 
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