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Advice for shooing away coyotes and eagles | Letters

In Washington, coyotes occupy almost every conceivable habitat type, from open ranch country to densely forested areas to downtown waterfront, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. - Courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
In Washington, coyotes occupy almost every conceivable habitat type, from open ranch country to densely forested areas to downtown waterfront, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
— image credit: Courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Our hearts went out to both Ms. Torrey and Ms. Warner regarding the problems they continue to experience with the local coyotes and predatory birds (letters, Feb. 3).

While we are fortunate to only hear coyotes howling at night, and watch as the eagles swoop over the Puget Sound near our home, we love all animals (our two cats in particular). And even though we are not familiar with the exact layouts of each of the letter writers’ properties, would like to offer the following suggestions:

1. Coyotes have not been known to be “upside down” climbers, so, along with razor wire at the top of the fence, we would suggest adding a fence extension (wire overhand) that tilts back toward the outside area. This should, in effect, stop the coyotes’ climb at that point. Barbed wire on the ground should keep them from digging.

2. In regards to the birds of prey, netting is expensive, and if the area you wish to protect is small enough (like a yard), you might try erecting a pole a few feet higher than the surrounding fence in the middle of the area, tying strings from the pole to the top of various sections of the fence, then tying 2-foot-long pieces of shiny mylar to those strings at various intervals. Birds of prey will see the mylar blowing, and will usually not take a chance of getting their wings entangled in order to grab a snack.

These are, of course, simply suggestions, not guarantees. However, we sincerely hope that one or more of these techniques will prove to be successful for your readers.

Brian and Jini Allen, Federal Way

 

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