As smart and resourceful as the reputation that precedes them, coyotes now reside around the edges of the City of Pittsburgh. HOP! has been requesting for some time that the City start a public education program to reduce the risk of coyotes entering residential areas and thus potentially entering into conflict with humans. To our knowledge, nothing has been done in that direction to date.
However, across North America, other communities are realizing the benefits of an intelligent approach to coyote management, one that is non-lethal with the exception of imminently dangerous situations. One example is Stanley Park in Vancouver, which has made co-existence with coyotes one of its keystone programs.
Some coyote food for thought:
- coyotes very rarely attack humans, and when they do it is usually as a result of being habituated by humans feeding them. Coyotes who are kept afraid of humans rarely bother them.
- coyote reproduction rates rise exponentially in response to lethal control measures, and efforts to shoot or trap them out of existence in other cities have failed. Studies have found that at least 75% of a coyote population would have to be eradicated every year over a period of 50 years to reduce that population to zero.
Practical information on coyotes and how to co-exist peacefully with them can be found at the following sites. Click on the name to follow the link.