Austin Animal Control reminds Travis Heights residents to stop leaving food out for coyotes

Austin Animal Control services said they’ve had a number of complaints from Travis Heights residents complaining about coyotes and neighbors feeding them.

Mark Sloat, Program Manager for Austin Animal Control Services, said residents will leave food out for feral cats and it attracts other animals. “What’s happening in this neighborhood we have multiple people feeding copious amounts of food and they’re leaving too much out so we are having other animals come feed on it,” Sloat said. “If we allow them to be in our space and we don’t do anything about it they’ll get used to it and they’ll just be in our space.”

Denis Stewart, Travis Heights resident, said he’s seen coyotes lurking in his backyard. He attempted to live trap them years ago after one bit his dog. “They bit him in the back of his throat and we had to go to the vet and all…he’s fine now but he’s very leery of going the backyard any longer,” Stewart said.  

Sloat said the best method of getting rid of coyotes is to make them feel uncomfortable.

“Hazing has proven to work it’s been used by people all over the United States to keep coyotes away so they don’t like people they’ll acclimate to what we do and so if we allow them to get used to it they’ll just be in our space,” Sloat said.

Here are tips to keep coyotes from entering your property.

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