'Establish and maintain your territory'
Every day, there are more encounters with coyotes (Brush Wolves) including the killing of domestic cats and dogs. Sometimes, the coyotes jump fences to kill and carry off these domestic dogs and cats.
I have lived in Lake Oswego since I was born, over 70 years ago.
Growing up in Lake Oswego and spending the equivalent of several years outside in the woods and fields in and around Lake Oswego/Lake Grove, neither my friends or I ever encountered any coyotes. At the time, there were many small hobby farms of 1 to 10 or more acres with farm animals.
My guess is that the owners of the hobby farms repelled or shot at any coyotes that there may have been in an effort to save the farm animals. I never heard of anyone having to shoot at coyotes though.
Here are some suggestions to repel coyotes
1. Establish your territory.
Buy some wooden garden stakes and staple a section of sponge to each stake and drive them into the ground on the perimeter of your property. Have a male in the family urinate in a container and pour over in on the sponge.
Another option is to go to PredatorPee.com and order wolf urine and apply the product to the sponges. I have no affiliation whatsoever with this entity, but I have purchased and used their products.
2. Make loud noises or yell at the coyotes when you see them.
An option is for an adult to buy a pellet gun without pellets. You can shoot in the direction of the coyotes without any risk of a stray pellet. It is recommended that a trigger lock be put on the pellet gun when not in use and stored in a gun safe.
The coyotes will take off on the run and avoid your property. Establish and maintain your territory.
Chris Foster is a Lake Oswego resident.
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