LINCOLN–(News Release May 12)–Lincoln Animal Control reminds residents that coyotes are very active this time of year and encourages people to follow its recommendations regarding coyote encounters.
Animal Control has received 15 coyote related calls in 2023, with one confirmed incident in which a small dog was killed by a coyote, said Steve Beal, Animal Control Manager for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Coyotes have been spotted in the Holmes Lake area this season and previous seasons.
“Coyote activity increases in the spring because they’re hunting for food to feed their young pups,” Beal said. “Coyotes are opportunists and can approach small domestic animals out of curiosity or as a potential meal. We recommend that pet owners watch their pets closely, don’t leave them unattended and keep dogs on a leash if they’re out for a walk.”
Animal Control continues to work to minimize problems with coyotes. Those efforts include:
- Patrolling areas where coyotes have been reported
- Talking to neighbor residents about coyotes and doing face-to-face education
- Taking calls from the public regarding sighting locations, logging officer reports and analyzing coyote locations and movements
Beal also urged residents to follow these coyote encounter tips:
- Do not feed coyotes under any circumstances. Feeding coyotes invites them into your space. The majority of cases where coyotes come within close proximity to people is due to people feeding coyotes.
- Obey leash laws. An uncontrolled dog can lead to a coyote confrontation.
- Keep sources of food away from wildlife, such as garbage, pet food, bird feeders, squirrel feeders (corn), brush piles, compost piles, and easy access to water. Brush piles harbor rodents and rabbits while bird feeders attract squirrels and rodents, all of which are food sources for coyotes. Keep all pets indoors at night, especially smaller dogs and cats.
- If you do encounter a coyote, stay calm.
Contact Animal Control at 402-441-7900 or email [email protected]. You can also follow Animal Control on Facebook: @LincolnAnimalControl.