LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- City leaders in Prospect are warning residents to be on the lookout for packs of wild coyotes. 

An email sent to residents earlier this week says officials have received several calls from residents who have seen coyotes, some even during the day. One person in the Fox Harbor neighborhood says he saw three coyotes running through his front yard and managed to snap a photo of one of them.

The email from city officials says younger coyotes tend to travel in packs as the mating season approaches and are comfortable in residential areas. City officials says coyotes will be out for the next couple of weeks.

Although attacks on humans are rare, pets left unattended outside could be at risk.

Below are the tips residents received to help prevent and deal with coyotes:

  • Keep pets and pet food inside. If feeding outside, feed pets for a set time during the day (no more than one hour) and remove the food bowl when finished; remove pet water bowls. More often than not, a repeat visit from a coyote is because they have found an “easy ride” food and or water wise.
  • Keeping cats and small dogs indoors or in the close presence of an adult. (Remember cats and small dogs are prey to a predator such as coyotes) Coyotes can be quick to exploit an unwary cat that is let outdoors, particularly at night. Cats also kill many small mammals and birds and often leave the remains near their suburban homes. Coyotes will actively scavenge these dead animals and return to yards where they repeatedly found food sources.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground. Coyotes are omnivores, meaning they will eat just about anything including but not limited to; Bugs, berries and small game and carrion.
  • Bagging food wastes such as meat scraps or left over pet food.
  • Keeping trash in containers with tight- fitting lids.
  • Keeping yards free from potential shelter such as thick brush and weeds, and enclosing the bottoms of porches and decks.
  • Use "hazing” behaviors to scare away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms. Use a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet or the use of fire crackers or bottle rockets. e point being "Make sure the coyote knows this is not a friendly area." Fear of humans is a GOOD thing! DO NOT intentionally approach a coyote.
  • Teach children to never try to approach any "Stray" dog and always supervise small children when playing outdoors.
  • Never run away from a coyote. Odds are you wont, but should you come face to face, back away slow and loud. A coyote’s natural behavior should be to run from you, especially if you are being loud. Immediately report aggressive behavior towards humans to authorities.

If you live in Prospect and would like to be included on the city's distribution list to receive email alerts, call 502-228-1121. 

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