October 23, 2009 – We have another alert!
This past weekend two different reports were received by bicyclist about being chased by a large coyote near the southeast corner of the SNWA Water Treatment plant (mile marker 3.5 to 4.0). This is where the trail takes a sharp 90 degree turn. Henderson Animal control and Nevada Wildlife have been notified. In order to pinpoint this “one” bad apple coyote we need more reports detailing where, date, and time. DO NOT go looking for this guy, but if seen or you encounter an aggressive coyote along the trail please report it. Numbers are list below. Also please call Trail Watch at 702-267-4050 and provide above information.
NPS Coyote file photo 2009
Here is what is posted on City of Henderson Animal Control website:
Urban Wildlife including coyotes should be handled by the Nevada Division of Wildlife, but they seldom are able to respond due to staff and budget shortages. Animal Control does not handle wildlife unless the animals become a Public Safety issue. If a coyote or coyotes are causing an immediate threat to citizens of Henderson, please call Henderson Animal Control at 702-267-4970 ext. 4 during our normal working hours. After hours if there is a life threatening human emergency, please call 911 for a Police/Animal Control response. Coyotes are common throughout Henderson and are seen most frequently at early evening, night and early morning hours cruising through various neighborhoods. Please keep your cats and small dogs indoors! Coyotes will usually leave by themselves unless they are challenged or cornered. For additional general information, please contact Animal Damage Control at 702-668-4565.
Here are some safety tips regarding coyotes:
- DO NOT FEED COYOTES!
- DO NOT LEAVE PET FOOD OUT WHERE COYOTES CAN FIND IT!
- DO NOT LEAVE GARBAGE OUTDOORS OVER NIGHT IN OPEN CONTAINERS…PUT A LID ON IT!
- KEEP DOGS ON SHORT LEASH WHEN WALKING! (A leash is required when walking the trail)
- SCARE COYOTES OFF WHEN SEEN OR ENCOUNTERED!
Coyote photo gallery: