Written by Nick Kammerer
With the recent increase in coyote sightings in North Texas, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) partnered with the City of Irving and the Town of Westlake to educate residents on effective ways of avoiding conflicts with the rapidly growing coyote population.
Residents gathered for two educational classes located in Las Colinas and Westlake on August 19th and 20th to learn about “hazing,” a new and proven method for confronting coyotes in the city. Texas Wildlife Conflict Resolution Expert Lyndsey Dasher, led the informative workshops.
“Hazing,” as described by HSUS, is “a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. ‘Hazing’ can help maintain a coyote’s fear of humans and deter them from neighborhood spaces such as backyards and play spaces.”
This well-researched method can be accomplished by yelling and waving, blaring an air horn, or making loud noises while confronting a coyote.
“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to engage an entire community in deploying this new proven solution for our ongoing wild animal concerns,” Irving Animal Services Manager Sandy Grambort said. “'Hazing' as described by HSUS’s urban wildlife experts has been the solution in other communities, and has been embraced by residents who have put the technique to work in their own neighborhoods.”