Coyotes in Las Vegas

As the weather warms our wild neighbors are becoming more active. We may see them more frequently in urban areas that border wildlife habitat and desert areas. Mountain’s Edge Community residents are reporting frequent sightings of coyotes (Canis latrans) in their neighborhood. This community lies in the southwest part of Las Vegas, close to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
 
In light of the increased activity, the Henderson Police Department has offered some tips on social media for dealing with coyote sightings in residential areas. They also remind residents that “It is illegal to shoot a firearm in city limits, even if you are defending your pet.” If a coyote or other wild animal is seen in a residential neighborhood, residents are urged to report it to Nevada Department of Wildlife by calling 311.
 
Although coyotes prefer rodents and even fruit to your pets, they do occasionally eat small dogs and cats, if left unattended. Knowing this, it is important to keep your pets close to you, on a leash when walking them, and bring them inside, especially at night. If you have a pet door, it is best to secure it at night to avoid a curious, wandering pet from becoming a midnight snack, or other wildlife from coming into your house uninvited. If you follow these simple tips, you can avoid conflicts, and coexist with wild neighbors that occasionally wander into residential neighborhoods!
Jessica Whalen

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