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How to Safely Haze Nuisance Mammals Out of Yards

How to Safely Haze Nuisance Mammals Out of Yards

• If approached by a coyote or fox, do not run or turn your back on it. Be as big and loud as possible.
• Wave arms and yell in an authoritative voice.
• Turn on sprinklers or spray with a garden hose.
• Throw rocks, sticks, tennis balls or anything else you can find.
• Bang pots and pan together.
• Sling a rock using a slingshot.
• Turn on flood lights.
• Shake or throw a shaker can, which is a soda can filled with pennies or pebbles and sealed with duct tape.
• Make noise with an air horn, whistle or other noise makers.
• Spray pepper spray or citronella spray such as Sprayshield product.
• Use a paintball gun to scare them off. The intent is to scare, not injure them.

If animals are staying in yard overnight in specific area:
• Remove any attractants, pet bowls, birdfeeders, fallen fruit, remove/clean dirty grills and trash.
• Trim bushes/trees, mow tall grass, remove or thin brush piles to eliminate cover for animals.
• Place bright light by the area at night.
• Throw dog scat or rags/tennis balls soaked in ammonia by the area.
• Placing a loud radio (or other sound-producing device) by the area.

The main goal is to make mammals that are a nuisance to humans uncomfortable and to instill the fear of humans and leave the area. Fireworks are prohibited in Jefferson County and cannot be used as a deterrent. Do not harass or injure the animals as this will make the situation worse. If you have any questions, feel free to email matto@kcranch.org or call the Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170.

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