Coexist with Coyotes

Coyotes (Canis latrans), despite their reputation, generally steer clear of humans and attacks seldom occur. In fact, these intelligent and adaptable canines modify their habits in the presence of people. While they are often active during the day, when they’re in or around cities, they adopt a nocturnal lifestyle so that they can stay out of our way. Even though coyotes do their part in steering clear of us, it’s important that we do our part to prevent conflicts with them and other wildlife.

Here are a few simple things that you can do to avoid conflicts with coyotes:

1. Do not feed coyotes or their prey.
This is one of the most effective ways to avoid an issue with these wild canines. When you feed coyotes, whether it be intentionally or unintentionally, they can be drawn into residential areas and may even lose their fear of humans.

2. Be pet smart!
Pets, unfortunately, may seem like easy prey for coyotes. When you’re outside, never leave your pets unattended. When walking, keep your dog on a leash. At night, bring them inside. Doing so will keep both your pets and wildlife safe.

3. Know what to do in case of an encounter.
If you should encounter a coyote, do not run. If the animal appears to be calm, alter your route and give it some space. However, if the coyote gets too close, wave your arms, yell, throw rocks or sticks, and make a lot of noise. Chances are good that you can scare it off.

The good news is, if we know how to live safely alongside wildlife like coyotes, then conflicts are often few and far between. All it takes is a little work on our part!

Denise Peterson

Leave a Reply Text

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *