Animal Care Services

Protect Household Pets with Coyote Deterrences


Coyotes have been coming closer to residences in Bernalillo County and going after household pets, but there are ways to deter coyotes from animals and property.

Pet owners can change their behavior to deter coyotes when taking their animals outside:

  • Pets should be supervised when playing or going outside.
  • Pets should be walked in the daytime as much as possible and on a leash.
  • Pets should not be walked where coyotes are known to frequent.

Tools can be used to deter and prevent coyote attacks:

  • Pets can wear a coyote-deterrence vest.
  • Pet owners can carry a whistle or air horn.

There are also changes to make around residences to deter or scare off coyotes:

  • Fences should be at least six to eight feet tall with coyote rollers or extensions.
  • Yards should be kept clean with fewer spaces for animals, coyote food, to hide.
  • Potential food sources in yards, like gardens, can be reduced.
  • Bright deterrence lights can be put around the property.

No strategy is guaranteed to work, but deterrances may reduce the threats coyotes can present. For more information, please visit

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