McKinney Animal Control offers advice to preventing coyote attacks

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After recent accounts of a coyote attacking humans and pets in Frisco, some McKinney residents might be fearful the same will soon happen to them.

However, McKinney Animal Control Supervisor De St Aubin said McKinney residents have nothing to fear.

“I have been here almost 20 years, and I have not seen any more [coyotes]than normal,” St Aubin said. “What happened in Frisco is really rare.”

St Aubin said he suspects the coyote in Frisco was either fed directly or indirectly by humans at some point and lost its fear of people.

“Then they start looking at humans as a food source,” St Aubin said. “Basically, you just need to maintain the fear of people.”

The most important thing McKinney residents can do is learn how to react in case they encounter a coyote, St Aubin said.

“If you see one, don’t take off running from them, because that triggers their prey drive,” he said. “If you see one, throw a rock at them, throw a stick at them, blow a whistle at them, but [don’t run from them]. … It’s really easy to scare them off; they don’t want that confrontation. … And they don’t like things that fight back.”

McKinney Animal Control suggests residents limit coyotes’ sources of food in suburban areas by not leaving trash cans out before trash days, not feeding stray animals or pets outside, and not leaving small pets unattended or on leashes longer than 6 feet.

“The main thing we have been doing is trying to teach people how to live with them, because they are going to be here forever,” St Aubin said.

In addition, McKinney Animal Control traps wildlife that shows signs of aggressive behavior, while Frisco does not.

Since early January, McKinney Animal Control has trapped and removed three coyotes that acted bolder than usual. But there have not been any reports of coyotes acting aggressively toward humans in McKinney this year.

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  1. Urban coyotes stalk and attack not only pets, but people, children on a national basis-there are daily media reports on pet attacks and a human is reported attacked weekly on average. Do not believe Animal Rights propaganda that coyotes do not attack humans. Urban coyotes have become progressively more aggressive and dangerous and will not only jump into yards to kill pets, but will rip dogs off of leashes and kill them while the owners are frantically trying to save them. They will grab kids and try to drag them out of their parents’ arms. They need to be removed and kept removed. “Co-existence” is an idiotic animal rights policy designed to generate donations from emotional, gullible animal lovers and this policy has led to the coyote overpopulation and dangerous situation we have now. They are not fuzzy pets, they are dangerous carnivorous predators and pack hunters. Further on the East Coast, there has been a serious uptick in the incidence of rabies in the coyote population. The USDA will send in Federal Trappers to remove coyotes and keep them removed. Residents and their pets have a right to be safe in their neighborhoods and parks.

  2. I absolutely agree with your comment. I hope you could email mr your comment so I can show to my wife and friends. You explained the danger of coyotes better than anyone i know Carol..

  3. I lived in Hidden Creek in McKinney and packs of 3-5 coyotes were sighted at our pond. When I called to report this, The City said that they would do nothing. These wild animals are killing small domestic pets all over our city. Pictures of Cats and small dogs missing are posted everywhere. These wild and dangerous animals need to be removed from McKinney. Could have more problems in the future. Frisco is our neighbor. If they have human attacks we will too.

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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