Workshop topics

Coyotes were the main topic of the “Understanding Urban Wildlife” workshop in Grand Prairie

A new coyote reporting hotline is up and running in the City of Dallas.

It was put in place after a coyote attacked a 2-year-old boy who was on his porch on Tuesday.

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Friday morning a class was held in Grand Prairie on how to defend against an aggressive coyote.

The workshop was already planned before the toddler was attacked on Tuesday. It was set up by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

Participants learned how to spot an aggressive coyote and what to do if they encountered one. The instructor was the USDA urban biologist assisting the city of Dallas with its coyote problem.

Inside the Grand Prairie Public Library on Friday, a dozen people took part in a class on “understanding urban wildlife.”

One of the main topics of conversation was coyotes.

The workshop took place four days after 2-year-old Landon “Knox” Thomas was savagely attacked by a coyote on the porch of his Lake Highlands home.

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USDA urban biologist Adam Henry, who helps the city of Dallas track aggressive coyotes, led the discussion.

“Time is running out for us to see the pattern in this community,” he said. “Every time we have this interaction, we have to reinforce our presence as the dominant presence.”

Henry said that means people shouldn’t walk away from the coyote, but rather shout and shout, make yourself look big.

“At some point he’s going to get used to not being afraid of those big loud noises, and we need to have an advanced harassment tool,” he explained.

This means throwing things at the coyote, like tennis balls or rotten fruit you might have in your yard that fell from a tree.

“We’re beefing up our vocal noise and introducing a tactile component and a distance component,” Henry said.

And be aware of what might indirectly attract coyotes, such as pet food bowls left outside.

Since Tuesday’s attack, biologists have killed three aggressive coyotes in the neighborhood near the White Rock Creek Greenbelt.

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The 2-year-old suffered neck lacerations, a broken jaw, bruises and scratches in the attack. Thomas’ family said his condition was improving and he was now able to get out of bed and walk around. He also eats solid food again.

Urban biologists have said coyotes are here to stay. Residents must learn to live with the good ones. The new hotline is meant to help weed out the bad guys.

“Educate the public, educate this caller on how to deter this coyote from approaching,” Henry said.

Anyone who sees a coyote in the city of Dallas is encouraged to call the reporting hotline. Anyone who sees a coyote is asked to call 469-676-9813 or visit