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Chasing Coyotes recounts the stories of residents in many US cities who have encountered coyotes or suffered the consequences of coyote attacks on themselves or their loved ones. These accounts run the gamut from simple sightings near homes, at parks, and on city streets to coyote attacks on humans.
In addition to background history on coyotes in urban areas and scientific data about coyote habituation and behaviour, the author provides practical advice for those seeking to "coyote-proof" their homes and communities. Although no measures are foolproof, taking the practical steps outlined in Chasing Coyotes will lessen one's chances of a coyote encounter or attack.
1 - Introduction
2 - The Beginning
3 - Chasing Coyotes
4 - One, Two, or More Coyotes
5 - Early Signs of Habituation
6 - Coyote Meetings
7 - A Year of Changes
8 - More Coyote Attacks on Children
9 - The Coyote Management Plan
10 - Conclusion, Coyote Preparedness
Debora Martin is the director of Coyotes in Orange County, CA, a nonprofit organization created to help keep people, their families, and their pets safe from wildlife through information and education. Debora has extensively researched, tracked, and hazed urban coyotes for the past five years. As administrator for Coyotes in Orange County, CA on Facebook, Debora has composed many helpful reader tips for keeping children and pets safe from coyotes, deterring coyotes from homes and neighborhoods, and effectively hazing coyotes. Debora is a native Orange County resident with a bachelor's degree in communications and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in insurance. In addition to her volunteer work with Coyotes in Orange County, CA, Ms. Martin works as an underwriter for a Southern California insurance company.