Flower Mound Animal Services is already getting calls about coyote sightings, the department said on social media last week, so staff shared information for deterring them from your yard.
Coyotes’ mating season has started and will last through mid-March, meaning they’ll be active looking for a mate and food and may be seen at all hours, the department wrote.
The DFW Wildlife Coalition recommends residents “haze” any coyotes they see, so that the animals will maintain their fear of people and keep them away from neighborhood. Some ways to haze coyotes include:
Yell and wave your arms — be loud and large
Use noisemakers — your voice, whistles, air horns, bells, soda cans filled with rocks or pennies, or bang pots and pans together
Throw sticks or small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls at them
Coyotes may run away but then stop after a distance and look at you, the department said on social media. It is important to continue to haze them until they completely leave the area.