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Report coyote sighting to UPPD dispatch

February 13, 2019

Coyote sightings

Coyote sightings have risen the past few weeks in all University Park neighborhoods.  This increased activity is due in part to the early winter mating season.

Report coyote sightings by phone or online

If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, regardless of the time of day, you are urged to report the sighting:

  The City is keeping a list of the sightings so we are able to forward a compilation of locations to Texas Wildlife Services, a Division of the USDA, and if necessary, they can proceed with trapping or lethal enforcement of urban wildlife.

Other ways you can help:
 

Seen along the banks of Turtle Creek, coyotes are a fact of life in nearly all urban areas.  Coyotes are omnivores that eat plants and animals including skunks, possums and raccoons. Do not intentionally feed a coyote. Since they prefer to find easy meals, they are also attracted to:

 
  • Dog and cat food that is left outside
  • Rotting fruit under trees
  • Bird seed on the ground
  • Trash that is accessible due to garbage containers that are not properly secured
It is also not a good idea to leave small pets outside overnight.

Even though coyotes have adapted to living in cities and towns, they are generally wary of people. If you see a coyote in your yard, wave your arms, shout and spray it with a water hose.  It is likely to leave the area quickly after any of these actions.   

For more information on coyotes and their habits, CLICK HERE.