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Join ODFW and partners for Coyote-palooza in Portland on June 1

Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission

May 15, 2024 

SALEM, Ore. – Join ODFW and partners for Coyote-palooza: a day of discovery and learning dedicated to one of nature’s most adaptable creatures! The free event will be in Portland on Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. adjacent to the Portland State University Farmers Market (SW Park/SW Montgomery).

Coyotes can survive and even thrive in many different environments – including in cities and our backyards. Coyote-palooza is a family- and pet-friendly event that will feature booths where you can learn about coyote identification and biology, participate in hands-on activities for adults and kids, and discover ways to keep pets and people safe.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about coyotes' cultural significance, their role in our ecosystem, and how to coyote-proof your space. Stop by for some fun and walk away with new knowledge and tools for coexisting with coyotes!

“This is the first event of its kind, but it won’t be the last,” said Zuriel van Belle, Director of the Portland Urban Coyote Project. “Portland is the perfect place for Coyote-palooza—coyotes live in basically all areas of the Portland metro area, and they are here to stay. This event is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about living with coyotes, learn more about how coyotes live, or simply celebrate urban wildlife.”

Find more details about Coyote-palooza on the Portland Urban Coyote Project website or find the event on Facebook. An event flyer is also available for download. Invite your friends and neighbors to Coyote-palooza! Share it with your community on social media or take a flyer to your local dog park, library or other community gathering spots.

Coyotes in Oregon
Coyotes are found all across our urban, suburban, rural, and natural landscapes in Oregon. Coyotes are opportunistic omnivores and mainly eat rodents, fruit, and nuts but they will also consume whatever food they can find including food waste, pet food, and sometimes small pets like outdoor cats. It is not unusual to see coyotes in urban areas like Portland, even during the daytime. By following a few simple steps, we can all work together to keep people, pets, and coyotes safe.

“We regularly get calls from Portland residents who have encountered coyotes in their neighborhood,” said Lindsey Sanders, ODFW Assistant District Wildlife Biologist. “There are actually a lot of simple steps people can take to reduce potential conflicts with this species. We often find that the more people learn about coyotes, the more comfortable they feel seeing coyotes in their community.”

Follow these tips:

  • Remove food sources. Never intentionally or accidentally feed a coyote.
  • Don’t approach a coyote – scare away bold coyotes.
  • Keep your pets safe (either supervised, on a leash, or inside).
  • Share these tips with your community!

Learn more about living with coyotes from ODFW and the Portland Urban Coyote Project

Coyote-palooza is made possible thanks to the support of many organizations. 

Organized by: Bird Conservation Oregon, Humane Society of the United States, Institute for Natural Resources, Portland Urban Coyote Project, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Willamette Riverkeeper.

In partnership with: Bird Alliance of Oregon, Cascadia Wild, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Oregon Zoo, People of Color Outdoors, Oregon Metro, Portland Parks & Recreation, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Supported by: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Humane Society of the United States, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Contact: Beth Quillian, (503) 947-6008, beth.s.quillian@odfw.oregon.gov
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