Residents along the Las Vegas, Nev. property have spotted multiple coyotes roaming the golf course in packs ranging from two to 13. Wildlife experts say the coyotes have adapted to the advancing development and prey on rabbits, mice and rats that live on the golf course. Recently, however, pets have been attacked, raising concerns that the coyotes are becoming more aggressive.
Neighbors living adjacent to the TPC Summerlin golf course in Las Vegas, Nev. say they’ve been seeing a lot more coyote activity in recent weeks, and several families have had their pets attacked and killed, KSNV reported. Wildlife experts say the coyotes, which have lived in the Mojave Desert for hundreds of years, have adapted to the advancing development, and prey on rabbits, mice and rats that live on the golf course.
“They’ve attacked three dogs in our neighborhood in the last several months,” said Kathy Canto, who lives along TPC Summerlin. “They’ve been getting increasingly worse, and now they’re being seen running in packs. There could be anywhere from two to thirteen at a time.”
Canto feels they’re also becoming more aggressive. “One dog was taken off a leash as the owner was walking it,” she added.
Doug Neilsen, with the Nevada Department of Wildlife told KSNV if you’re approached by a coyote, be loud and try to make yourself look as big as possible to frighten it away.
“You have to yell at them like you’re yelling at a referee who just made a bad call,” said Neilsen. “You gotta let them know, hey, you don’t belong here. Make yourself look big. If you’re really concerned, you can carry a couple of tennis balls in your bag or your backpack and start chucking them.”
Neilsen said, ordinarily, the Department of Wildlife will not come out and remove a coyote from an area unless it’s standing its ground and could pose an imminent threat, KSNV reported.
“If people have a bona fide public safety threat, they’re standing their ground, they’re being aggressive. you’re hazing and they’re not leaving,” said Neilsen, “then you can give us a call and we’ll come out and remove the animal, and by that, I mean it will be removed and euthanized if it’s still there when we got there.