St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish to Reinitiate Trapping of Coyotes

Parish to Reinitiate Trapping of Coyotes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish - Due to an inundation of complaints and concerns, the Department of Public Safety is working with a Wildlife and Fisheries, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator to remove coyotes from residential areas within the parish.

Traps are being placed in areas where sightings have been reported and also in wooded areas along Hwy 51 near the interstate. Residents are asked to report coyote sightings by dialing 911 in which a list will be comprised to assist Public Safety with trapping locations. Once coyotes are trapped, they are transported to another Parish to be used for training purposes.

Residents, especially those near wooded, vacant and open areas, should keep a careful watch over small pets and children and refrain from approaching coyotes. They should also avoid trapping devices.

Additional tips:

  • Don’t leave pets unattended outside or near open doors and windows—especially cats and small dogs.
  • Coyotes are more active at dawn and dusk, so be more attentive at these times.
  • Before exiting the house with your pet, turn lights on in your yard to check for wildlife.
  • If you come across a coyote, wave your arms and make as much noise as you can to chase them away. Carry a whistle on your keychain or leash to use.
  • Keep pets on short leashes. Do not allow your pet off the leash to chase the coyote away.
  • Always carry your cell phone with you when walking your pet so that you can call for help in case of an emergency.
  • Keep your yard free of pet food and other edibles that might entice coyotes.
  • Clean your grill after each use.
  • Don’t assume a fence will keep a coyote out.