Recent reports of coyotes seen in the Issaquah Highlands, have caused some concern among residents. City of Issaquah Park Ranger Peter Walters has some information and tips on coyotes in our region.
"While rural coyotes are more human adverse, urban coyotes can become accustomed to the presence of people. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and will take advantage of human related food sources such as unsecured trash, pet food left outdoors, bird feeders and accessible composts. While attacks on humans are rare, they do happen such as in 2006 in Bellevue."
Here are some tips to avoid conflict with coyotes:
- Do not feed wildlife. This means directly or indirectly. Keep your trash and compost secure, feed pets indoors and make sure bird feeders do not have excess feed. Feeding is the main source of coyotes becoming accustom to humans and leads to aggression.
- Don’t leave small pets or small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen. Pets should be on a leash and supervised at all times. Teach small children about coyotes and what to do if they see one: Don’t run, make noise and make yourself look big.
- Maintain your housing landscape. Shrubs and trees pruned several feet above ground eliminate areas for coyotes to hide.
Residents interested in learning more can visit the Washington State Fish and Wildlife website. Email Park Ranger Peter Walters with any concerns about City of Issaquah Parks or wildlife.