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Several coyote sightings reported on Rice University campus

Rice police are warning students and staff to be on the lookout for coyotes.
Credit: Steven Hunley

HOUSTON — There have been multiple reports of coyote sightings recently on the Rice University campus.

Rice police say the coyote or coyotes have been spotted near Kraft Hall, the North Annex lot, the North College area and Sewall Hall. 

Coyotes typically pose very little threat to people, and there have been no reports of attacks or aggression, Rice police said in a statement. 

Still, they're warning students and staff to be on the lookout. 

RUPD also offered these tips on what to do if you encounter a coyote: 

• Do not run away or turn your back to a coyote. It could trigger the coyote’s instinct to give chase.

• Be especially aware when walking your dog or jogging around sunrise and sunset. That’s the time of the day when coyotes are most active.

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• Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; wildlife authorities recommend a leash no longer than 6 feet. This tip is especially important between February and July because that is pupping season, a time of year when coyotes are more territorial. That doesn’t change how coyotes act towards humans, but at this time of year a coyote is least likely to run from a loose dog and more likely to stand its ground.

• Never feed coyotes. Feeding coyotes endangers residents in your community because it lures mores coyotes into the neighborhood.

• Yell, clap your hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.

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• Do not allow a coyote to get in between you or your pet or child. Keep children close to you.

• Whenever it is safe to do so, alert RUPD by calling 713-348-6000, or ext. 6000 from a campus phone if you see a coyote.

RUPD will notify animal control authorities with the city and county to find out if there have been any other reports regarding coyotes in the area.

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