WATCH: Coyote walks through Lincoln neighborhood
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Living in Nebraska, we see all kinds of wildlife, but Chrissy Beaman did a double-take when she saw what appears to be a coyote right in front of a home, sauntering across the street, and walk between two homes across the way.
She tells us she was this around 8 am Friday morning near 66th & Y Street. She was surprised and said the animal showed no fear whatsoever.
Accordingly to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, urban coyote sightings are not uncommon. The animals are generally shy and avoid humans. While they might observe you from a distance, they rarely come closer. You can see this one looked at the photographer but then walked away.
Here is more from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab on what to do if YOU see a coyote in your neighborhood.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COYOTE
If you see a coyote, keep your distance and the animal will most likely avoid you. In the unlikely event that you encounter an aggressive animal (one that approaches to within 10 yards):
• Never approach or touch a wild animal.
• Do not turn your back or run from a wild animal.
• Back away from the animal while remaining calm.
• Stand tall, wave your hands, and make lots of noise.
• Carry a flashlight at night.
• “Haze” nuisance coyotes by yelling, throwing rocks near them, or spraying them with a hose.
• If a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety by chasing people or pets, biting, or growling while approaching — call 911 or the Nebraska Humane Society.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A COYOTE
If you simply see a coyote, there is no cause for alarm. Coyotes live successfully in the city without human conflict every day. Provided the coyote keeps a distance from people and is simply existing in the area, there is no need to report a sighting to authorities.
• If a coyote in your neighborhood is acting aggressively (i.e. growling and approaching to within 10 yards), remove pets and people from the area and contact authorities.
• Do not feed it. If you are worried about the welfare of the coyote because it appears sick, injured, or orphaned, contact Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.
• Enjoy the opportunity to observe these beautiful wild animals!
TIPS FOR PET OWNERS
Given all of the dangers for free-ranging pets outside, including cars, would-be thieves, neighbors who do not want pets on their property, wildlife, parasites, and diseases, it is imperative that you be a responsible pet owner and keep your pets under your control at all times.
• Always keep pets on a leash or in a yard with a coyote-proof fence.
• Keep cats inside. Keeping cats indoors protects them from disease, parasites, and danger, and greatly lengthens their life expectancy.
• Keep your dogs inside at night. Allow only controlled access to the outdoors (fenced yards and leashes).
• Ensure that your pets are up-to-date on vaccines and parasite prevention.
• Spay and neuter your pets to keep coyotes and other dogs from approaching.
TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Coyotes, like all wild animals, come to an area for food, water, and/or shelter. If you eliminate these attractants, you will reduce the likelihood coyotes will come onto your property.
• Install a secure fence at least 6’ high.
• Remove potential food sources from your yard such as pet food, garbage, birdseed, or exposed compost.
• Regularly clean outdoor grills.
• Accompany small dogs and children while outside and keep cats indoors.
• Deter nuisance coyotes from your property by making loud noises, throwing rocks near them, or spraying them with a hose.
• Use flashing lights, motion sensors, and noise makers to “haze” coyotes and make your property unwelcome.
If a coyote poses an immediate threat to public safety, you can call 911.