As coyotes expand their range into areas where wolves once lived and urban sprawl encroaches into wildlife habitat, human-coyote encounters are increasing. When people intentionally or unintentionally feed wild animals or encourage a lack of fear of humans, conflicts can occur. Since state wildlife agencies and local governments are often strapped for resources, urban wildlife issues and public outreach are not priorities.

Too often the solution to coyote conflicts — whether in agricultural or urban areas — is lethal and indiscriminate. Traditional control practices include trapping, snaring, poisoning, and denning (killing pups in their den). Not only is such an approach misguided, inhumane and generally ineffective, it also fails to consider the ecological value that coyotes provide to both urban and rural ecosystems such as keeping rodent populations in check and helping control disease transmission.

Project Coyote’s Coyote Friendly Communities™ program educates and equips urban and rural audiences with the tools, resources, and expertise needed to foster coexistence.

The keys to coexistence are education, communication, science, and behavior modification. We work in collaboration with municipalities, wildlife agencies, humane societies, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, research institutions, and schools. Project Coyote’s Coyote Friendly Community™ program, adopted by many jurisdictions, emphasizes consistent messaging, agency collaboration, and community empowerment.

Project Coyote Representatives give direct assistance and advice about how to live with coyotes and other wildlife. We offer public presentations and provide training to Animal Control Officers and law enforcement agencies.

Find Coyote Friendly Communities™ resources here.



Photo: Coyote by John Harrison

Project Coyote produced a coyote coexistence plan for the town of Superior, in Colorado.

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Randi Feilich talks coyote hazing techniques on LA Daily News.

Best practices for co-existence in an urban setting.

View how to haze a coyote.

Our dogs communicate with us and each other. Do coyotes?

Protecting yourself, your community, and the animal from harm.

Calabasas City Spotlight - Coyotes in the City

FOX 11 KTTV interviews Randi Feilich from Project Coyote on coexisting with wildlife.

KABC 7 NEWS. The City of Carson will not trap coyotes featuring Randi Feilich, Project Coyote

Can we learn to coexist with coyotes? Randi Feilich talks about living with coyotes in Southern California on KCET.

Wild canid ecologist Chris Schadler discusses the eastern coyote, and how we can coexist. 


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The pleasure seeking killing of predators.  

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