Coyotes becoming active

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Coyotes become more active in late winter as they become more territorial during the breeding season and give birth to pups. Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a live chat Feb. 23 at noon and learn more, including how to help reduce coyote interactions with pets.

Coyotes are prevalent throughout much of Wisconsin, and thrive in areas with an abundance of food like rabbits, squirrels, and rodents. In many urban settings, bird feeders, gardens and ornamental vegetation can bring coyotes to the area where these animals feed.

To help reduce coyote interactions, remember a few quick tips:

✔ do not provide food for coyotes and other wildlife in your yard;

✔ store trash indoors, or keep it secure with tight-fitting lids;

✔ scare tactics, also called hazing, can be used if you see a coyote in your yard or while out walking — make loud noises or throw objects in the direction of the coyote; and

✔ keep cats indoors and always watch dogs when outdoors — coyote attacks on pets are rare, but can occur when coyotes try to protect territory or a food source.

Trapping and hunting of coyotes is legal year-round on your property without a DNR license, although most municipalities within urban areas have regulations related to trapping and discharging a firearm. Please check with your local government to ensure adherence to local ordinances.

Coyote chat Feb. 23

Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts for an online chat Feb. 23 at noon — staff will be on hand to answer questions ranging from nuisance wildlife concerns to habitat and behavior.

Visit and search keyword 'chat' to submit questions and view responses from DNR experts. Here, one can also view past chats and sign up to receive email notifications.

To learn more about what type of animals frequent your backyard, check out the department's guide to mammal tracks in Wisconsin.

For more information regarding coyotes in Wisconsin, search keyword 'furbearers.'