Living with Coyotes
There have been a number of reports of coyote sightings and reports of cats and several dogs killed or injured by coyotes – a couple in the area of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course and PS View Estates, due to the proximity of the wash, according to Leslie Tisdale, the City’s Animal Control Director.
To date, Palm Springs Animal Control has caught, removed, and euthanized a couple of severely injured coyotes, and has impounded a single lost coyote pup that was called in as a stray domestic puppy. The coyote pup went to the shelter and then to a wildlife rescue.
Animal control has not gone in looking to remove pups from dens or trapped or removed any healthy coyotes, as it is not a practical answer to trap, remove, and relocate coyotes, Leslie said.
Instead, Palm Springs Animal Control has taken a public education stance on living with coyotes – educating citizens on personal measures to take to protect their animal companions. Leslie also teaches coyote hazing, a technique she learned from Humane Society of the United States expert Lindsay White–Dasher. Coyote hazing is a technique of essentially scaring the coyotes away.
Palm Springs Animal Control can help educate residents and visitors on how best to deter these animals. Leslie has made presentations to several ONE-PS Neighborhood Organizations as well as to HOA boards. She is also available to speak to your neighborhood group. You can contact her at Leslie.Tisdale@palmspringsca.gov
To learn more about these wild animals in our midst, visit our Learn more about coyotes webpage by clicking here.
The U.S. Humane Society offers a number of suggestions about living with coyotes:
For some general information and community guidelines, click coyote_control.pdf
For ideas on living peacefully with these wild animals in our neighborhoods, click preventingcoyoteconflicts.pdf
For suggestions on successful hazing practices to discourage coyotes from frequenting your neighborhood, click coyote_hazing_guidelines.pdf