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Many of our properties back up to Army Corps land, Lake Lewisville, creeks, or wooded areas. Living close to these areas means more encounters with wildlife, both the cute and the creepy. Recently, many residents in our area were shocked to hear of a violent coyote attack on a jogger just a few miles away in Frisco - a very busy and populated area.
While this incident is definitely not the norm for the usually skittish coyote, it is concerning. As a result, we've put together a few tips on what to do if you encounter a coyote (no, none of them involve a stick of Acme dynamite or an anvil) or other wildlife while you are on one of our trails, in our parks, or just out and about in Town.
Coyote attacks on humans are very rare. Coyotes don't really like humans or want to be around them; they usually turn and quickly run the other way. But, should you encounter a bold coyote, here are a few suggestions on how to handle it:
Read more on how to handle an encounter with a coyote here.
How to keep coyotes away:
Don’t become indifferent; if you see a coyote in your yard or neighborhood ALWAYS haze them away using the tips described above.
Like coyotes, bobcats typically stay away from humans. Bobcat attacks on humans are relatively unheard of, but they can, and will, attack pets if given the chance. Here are a few ways to keep your pets safe at home or when walking:
While these animals are kind of cute (not rats, yuck!), they can be incredibly destructive. If these pests get inside your home, they can cause extensive and expensive damage to wiring, insulation and structural components. Their waste can also leave you at risk of serious illness. We suggest that you regularly inspect your property for signs of pests such as:
If you notice evidence of rodents or other pests, call a licensed pest control company for treatment.
You can help keep rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels and pests such as raccoons and possums away from your home by taking a few preventative measures. We recommend that you: