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Coyote hazing instills healthy fear of humans

Thhe Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with Fairfield County Animal Control, recently held a series of workshops to explain successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife.

The workshops were held in response to the rising number of concerns from residents about coyotes in Fairfield County, CT. Among the tips shared was information about "coyote hazing" to restore the fear of humans back into habituated coyotes and involves the systematic use of deterrents including noisemakers, projectiles, and water hoses:

“The Humane Society of the United States values Fairfield County’s focus on education for resolving conflicts with coyotes,” said Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for The HSUS. “Public education and coyote hazing are not only more humane solutions for resolving these conflicts, but they are also more effective and longer-lasting than the proven failures of lethal measures.”

A second workshop for animal control officers included techniques for handling wildlife problem calls over the phone. Solutions were given for common problems, such as what to do about a raccoon in the chimney, a skunk under the deck, or a woodchuck in the garden.

Video taken by the Co-existing with Coyote program team in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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