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Litchfield Park residents have recently sighted coyotes in neighborhoods, City parks and golf courses. Coyotes are wild canines, well adapted to living in cities, suburbs, rural towns, and agricultural areas. Coyotes are usually timid and run away if challenged. They are only a risk to people if they become fearless and comfortable around humans, usually as a result of feeding or indifference. NEVER feed coyotes, remove all pet food from your yard, use aggressive gestures when you see them and encourage your neighbors to do the same. Small pets and children should never be left unattended, and dogs should always be walked on a leash. It can be helpful to carry a noisemaker.
Examples of Aggressive Gestures
For additional information, reference Arizona Game & Fish Department's Living with Coyotes brochure. If a coyote continues to wander into the same area, it is an indication that there is a regular food source or the animal is sick. Please contact the AZGFD's Phoenix office, 602-942-3000.