The Sunriver Police Department warned residents and visitors - especially those with small pets - about a sighting of three coyotes Monday morning in the resort community.
At least three coyotes were spotted shortly before 7 a.m. Monday behind Loon Lane headed south, said a message sent out by the police agency.
Anyone with questions or concerns was asked to contact Sunriver police at 541-593-1014.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Living with Wildlife" page on coyotes, "Coyotes, an icon of the American West, are common in Oregon, where they are widely distributed across the landscape. Aided by their intelligence and adaptability, coyote populations are flourishing, and subject of considerable public interest."
Most of the time, the agency says, coyotes are considered to be more of a nuisance than actually a threat.
"Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to avoiding, minimizing or correcting problems with coyotes," the ODFW states. "By far the greatest number of conflicts between humans and coyotes are those in which the animal has become habituated to a residential area by the behavior of human beings.
"Fortunately, most of these situations are easily prevented or corrected by removing food sources and access to shelter," the agency says, going on to offer the following tips:
- Do not leave small children unattended outdoors if coyotes have been frequenting the area
- Feed pets indoors and do not leave pet food or water bowls outside
- Supervise pets when they are outside; if possible, keep them leashed
- Do not leave cats or small dogs out after dark
- Secure garbage and garbage cans in an area inaccessible to wild animals (use bleach as necessary to remove odors that could attract coyotes)
- Harvest fruits and vegetables as they become ripe and do not allow them to accumulate and create an attraction for coyotes
- Never leave food or water out for feral animals or wildlife
- Bring livestock and fowl into barns, sheds or coyote-proof enclosures at night
- Trim and clear vegetation that provides cover for coyotes or their prey
- Remove birdfeeders. Coyotes are attracted to them and the birds and rodents that use the feeder
- Secure compost piles
- Clean barbecues regularly
- Build a coyote-proof perimeter fence