Coyotes are found in 49 of 50 states – only Hawaii is coyote free. Coyotes are expert at living in close proximity to humans and thrive on many different food sources – from human food scraps and pet food to carrion, small animals, berries and plants. They are found in both extremely cold and extremely hot environments, and their adaptability and resilience make coyotes the most abundant canine predators in North America.
Coyotes inhabit airports because they typically include large areas of relatively low human activity – humans on foot are not common at airports except near terminals or in parking lots. In the high-security environment of an airport, coyotes are not harassed or targeted as they might be on private property, so they habituate to the activity level around them.
Sometimes they become somewhat indifferent to humans in areas they have come to regard as “safe.” This lack of fear makes them a potential hazard to employees and travelers, since the animals may not regard humans as a threat.
Anytime coyotes and other wild animals are allowed in close proximity to humans, the danger of injury and exposure to diseases such as rabies is increased considerably.
Trutech® will perform a thorough inspection of your airport, being careful to assess specific areas. Places where coyotes may find cover and food are of the most importance, and often modification of those areas may be helpful in reducing potential problems.
For example, keeping food waste out of reach is an obvious way to deter coyotes since they tend to seek food sources that are easiest to obtain.
Another option might be coyote population control – typically a trapping program. This can be implemented as a one-time option, but the most effective solution usually involves ongoing trapping on a scheduled rotation.
Since coyotes are considered a nuisance animal, trapping is an option year-round in most states, and some states even have incentives for coyote control.
Learn more about Coyote Control >