On dealing with urban coyotes

This is hardly news to us, but coyotes are common in many cities and suburbs nowadays-

As for myself, I’m happy when a coyote wanders through the neighborhood. It (or they) clean out the feral domestic cats.

Controlling wily coyotes? Still no easy answers. By Mark Stark. Associated Press.






  1. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Good to see people actually trying to find other methods of dealing with coyotes than just popping them automatically.

  2. April Clauson Avatar
    April Clauson

    feral cats are due to humans….and being eaten by a animal is not a very nice way to take care of the problem. How about a trap and neuter program, adoptions? Coyotes are fine in my book, keep your animals in the house and they will be fine. How do you feel about the coyotes eating all those pesky little pure bred dogs that weigh about 10 lbs or less, are they free game too? I don’t like little dogs that cost 2,500.00 so I think they would be better suited for food than the cats…..Don’t get mad little dog owners, just making a point!

  3. Ryan Avatar


    Generally those pesky little 10lb purebred dogs get killed in backyards and urban parks where Coyotes don’t belong and feral cats get killed in rural areas and on the prowl, where they don’t belong. I don’t mind cats inside houses, but I hate seeing them outside roaming rural areas.

  4. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    Feral domestic cats have become a menace to small wildlife all over the world, as well as spreaders of toxiplasmosis.

    As a note, I like cared-for domestic cats just fine.

  5. April Clauson Avatar
    April Clauson

    Feral domestic cats have become a menace to small wildlife all over the world, as well as spreaders of toxiplasmosis.

    Ralph, what is toxiplasmosis??? Please, thanks!

  6. Ryan Avatar


    Its a pretty nasty disease for infants and the number 3 killer in food borne illnesses.

  7. April Clauson Avatar
    April Clauson

    Thanks Ryan, I have heard of it, just did not know the technical name. Boils down to WASH YOUR HANDS, alot! Anyway I am happy that they are not killing all the coyotes…

  8. Nathan Avatar

    It was nice to hear there is an effort on the government level to work with these animals and keep them out of trouble, if only the coyotes importance can trickle down to the public knowledge, many times every year I come across coyotes that have been killed by being hit by snow machines, baling twine snares or shot.

  9. Alan Gregory Avatar

    Feral cats and house cats left outside are posing big-time problems for migratory birds as the USFWS’s recent State of the Birds report notes.
    You can read Ken Salazar’s announcement of the report at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/release.cfm?rid=3
    Go to http://www.fws.gov and do a search for “cats” and you’ll see a bunch of references.

  10. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Alan, that is why Australia has considered passing more strict laws on cat ownership.

  11. RW Avatar

    The Millville coyote facility is a field station for the National Wildlife Research Center, the research branch of Wildlife Services. Research on the RAG box (a radio frequency activated scare device that is activated when a radio collared wolf approaches a pasture) was partially developed and tested by researchers at the Millville facility as well as fladry.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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