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Summer Brings Increased Coyote Activity
The return of warmer temperatures and longer days means increased activity by coyotes on the prowl for an easy meal.
A longtime desert resident whose presence here predates the development of Palm Desert's homes and businesses, coyotes play an important role in our natural ecosystem controlling rodents and other potential disease carrying pests.
Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits, but will take advantage of any available food source including pet food, garbage, and domestic animals. You can help protect yourself, your pets, your property, and the coyotes themselves by following some simple steps:
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes
- Do not leave uneaten pet food outside
- Bring pets inside at night and do not leave them outside unattended
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that coyotes cannot tip over
- Remove easy sources of water
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey
- If followed by a coyote, make loud noises or throw rocks
- Share these tips with your neighbors
A natural part of our beautiful desert, coyotes are here to stay. You can do your part to encourage Palm Desert’s coyotes to remain in the wild where they belong by following the aforementioned tips.
For more information, call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at 909-484-0167.