Photo: Peter Guthrie
December 2018 News from the Henderson Nevada Police
The Henderson Police Department has once again received messages through our social sites regarding wildlife (coyotes) coming into residential areas from the mountainous regions where they reside.
As land is developed and construction continues to occur on land that was once their natural habitat, sightings will increase as they adapt for survival and stray into our communities.
Coyotes will typically hunt from dusk to dawn and generally avoid human interaction.
Be aware that coyotes can scale six feet high fences so don’t fall into a false sense of security.
Water features may actually attract wildlife since it creates a water source for them to drink from.
There have been many conversations on social media and here are some of the questions with answers:
Q: Who is responsible for concerns or complaints regarding coyotes?
A: The Nevada Department of Wildlife is the agency responsible for wildlife.
Q: When will Henderson Animal Care and Control Officers respond for coyotes on my property?
A1: Only if the coyote is injured and fails to leave your property. The coyote remains after attempts to make loud noises to scare it off.
A2: If your cat or dog is attacked.
NOTE: Keep your pet up to date on their rabies vaccination. Without vaccination, if your pet is attacked and bitten, your pet will be placed into quarantine for an extended period of time and may result in boarding costs.
Q: Can I set fur bearing traps for coyotes?
A: No, there are restrictions and the traps mentioned can be very dangerous.
NOTE: Large kennel type traps have been attempted in the past without success.
Q: What should I do if my pet is attacked or a coyote refuses to leave?
A: Don’t put yourself in harm’s way. Many of us consider our pet’s family, but attempting to physically intervene could cause injury to you as well as your pet. Make loud noises, scream, use a water hose if available and call the police / animal care and control via 3-1-1 unless a human has been attacked and sustained injury, then call 9-1-1.
Q: Can I use my rifle, gun, pellet gun to protect my pet?
A: No, the discharge of a firearm within the city limits is against the law with only few exceptions. The discharging of a firearm to save your pet is NOT one of the exceptions. If property is damaged under illegal circumstances, or worse, a person could be held both civilly and criminally liable.
The following tips are provided:
– Always keep your distance from any wild animal.
– Do not feed wild animals as this encourages dependency and will also cause them to lose their natural fear of humans. The feeding of any wildlife may inadvertently attract other wild animals.
– Do not leave unattended dog food or cat food around the exterior of your home.
– Insure your garbage cans are closed tightly if they contain remnants of food.
– If wild animals are frequenting your property, consider blocking your “doggie door” for a week or two to discourage access. Some wild animals have been known to use “doggie doors” in search of food.
– Avoid allowing your cats and dogs to roam freely as they may not return.
– When walking your pets, use a leash, it can prevent a wild animal from carrying your pet away. Consider carrying a whistle or disposable air horn during walks.
– Be observant when your pet goes outside, if your pet starts barking, consider making loud noises (using an whistle, air horn or rattling change in a can) and check on your pet.
– Work with your neighbors for prevention efforts. Although it may be more difficult due to recent situations involving coyotes, co-existing with our wildlife should be the goal.