Kure Beach Town Council Sponsoring March 4th Meeting On “Living with Coyotes”

Kure Beach Town Council Sponsoring March 4th Meeting On “Living with Coyotes”

Kure Beach Town Council Sponsoring March 4th Meeting On “Living with Coyotes” Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:18

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH - Kure Beach Mayor Craig Bloszinsky recently announced a meeting will be held to discuss reports of Coyotes on Pleasure Island. Residents have become concerned about sighting of Coyotes around homes and along walking paths in recent months.

Bloszinsky first announced the meeting during the Council's January meeting.

Bloszinsky explained earlier this week, "The Kure Beach Town Council is sponsoring a meeting on “Living with Coyotes” this March 4th at 6:00 pm.  If you live on our island, you may have heard the sounds of coyotes in our local forest. This education session is to help us understand behavior and get to the truth of living with these animals. This will include information on things to do and things to avoid."

He explained, "We are fortunate to have Ms. Rebecca Skiba, Regional Education Specialist, and Mr. Christopher Kent, Coastal Regional Wildlife Biologist, to lead this education session. Both are from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and will be happy to answer questions at the conclusion of the program. Special thanks to former Kure Beach Mayor Mac Montgomery for setting up this connection for us. This event will be at the Kure Beach Temporary Town Hall on the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Facility. All are welcome."

The Air Force Recreation Facility is located on South Fort Fisher Blvd in Kure Beach. For more information call 910-458-8216.

To learn more about Coyotes visit https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Mammals/Coyote2#44771363-overview

In a recent review of coyote attacks on humans from 1970-2015, a study documented 367 attacks by non-rabid coyotes in the United States and Canada, two of which were fatal. In comparison, 4.5 million dog bites occur nationwide annually; in 2016 alone, 31 dog bites resulted in fatalities.
Preventing Conflicts With Coyotes

• Secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and take them out in the morning of pick up, not the night before. Coyotes and other wildlife will scavenge trash when it is available to them.
• Don’t feed or try to pet coyotes. Feeding a coyote rewards that animal for coming in close proximity to people. Once a coyote becomes habituated, it loses its natural wariness of people and may become bold or aggressive.
• Protect your pets by keeping them inside, leashed, or inside a fenced area.
• Install coyote-proof fencing around your home to protect unsupervised pets. Fencing should be at least 6 feet tall and provide a full barrier along the ground that prevents animals from digging under.
• Feed pets indoors or remove uneaten food and bowls when your pet is finished eating. Coyotes and other wildlife are attracted to pet food left outdoors.
• Keep bird-feeder areas clean. Use bird feeders that keep seed off the ground. Coyotes are attracted to the small animals that congregating to eat fallen seed, and may eat the bird seed directly. If coyotes are frequently seen in the area, remove all feeders.
• Close off crawl spaces under sheds and porches. Coyotes and other wildlife may use these spaces for resting and raising young.
• Cut back brushy edges in your yard, which provide cover for coyotes.
• Don’t be intimidated by a coyote. Maintain its natural wariness of people by throwing a small object
such as a tennis ball toward it, making loud noises, or spraying it with a water hose. Let coyotes know they are unwelcome near your home.
• Clear fallen fruit from around fruit trees. Coyotes are omnivorous and regularly consume fruit as part of their diet.
• Educate your neighbors. Your efforts to prevent coyote conflicts will be less effective if some neighbors are still providing foods.


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