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City of Heath, Heath DPS warn citizens after coyote sightings

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The City of Heath and Heath DPS are aware of coyote sightings in various Heath neighborhoods and have consulted the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Rockwall County Animal Control. Representatives with both entities note that the combination of Heath being a semi-rural community with cold weather and construction such as the new White Road typically brings an increase in activity as wildlife seek shelter and food. Unfortunately, an increase in wildlife activity is becoming more and more common, even in suburban areas and cities. The following tips were offered to help protect your household and pets:

You should always remove anything that attracts pest and predator animals to your property, such as:

  • Pet and livestock food dishes that are out in the open
  • Mow down tall grass
    Keep pets indoors, or supervise them during the night when they go out
  • Enclose your compost piles
    Seal up any openings under your deck, porch, or shed

Install fencing

Fencing is the best way to keep your pets in, and coyotes out. Coyotes can jump high, and will dig as well, so fencing should be at least 6 feet tall, and buried a few inches into the ground.  Some people also opt for electric fencing.

Install Solar LED Deterrent or Motion Detector Lights

LED predator deterrent lights for predators can help to scare coyotes (and other nocturnal predators and pest animals) away from your property. The coyotes will mistake the twin LED lights for the flickering eyes of another unknown predator. Google: predator deterrent lighting.

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