Coyotes

Coyotes are intelligent, adaptable mammals who belong to the dog family.

The size of a small shepherd dog, coyotes are gray, brown or tan with a reddish, heavily furred tail.

A true scavenger, a coyote will eat almost anything it can catch. Coyotes will eat whatever animal or vegetable is available, including:

Rodents  Rabbits  Birds 
Insects  Fruit  Carrion 

Hunting in pairs or packs, they communicate by howling. They also have a well developed sense of smell. Coyotes mate for life and very prolific. Attempts at eradication have been unsuccessful. They breed once a year with an average size litter of six.

Due to extensive urban development, their natural habitat has decreased. This has brought about some undesirable encounters with this animal. One of the most reported incidents concerns sightings of coyotes in urban neighborhoods.

Their natural hunting pattern has also been disrupted causing the coyote to adapt their diet to their environment by including, among other things, uncovered garbage, unattended small pets, and any other opportune item they may encounter. To be sure, not every pet that disappears has fallen prey to the coyote though they are frequently blamed.



For more helpful information on living safely with coyotes
Download our pamphlet
What Do You Really Know About Coyotes?

 

RULES FOR HIKING IN RURAL AREAS

Always be aware of your surroundings

Do not carry food in your hands when walking

If approached by any large wild animal: DO NOT turn your back. DO NOT RUN. Pick-up and hold children and small pets. Make loud noises. Avoid eye contact. DO NOT advance on the animal. Calmly back away.

IF YOU SEE A COYOTE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR YOUR YARD:

Do not approach it, or try to befriend it.

Bring small children and pets indoors at dusk.

Make sure the coyote has an escape route by opening gates

Make loud noises

Spray the coyote with water using a powerful nozzle on your hose

Young coyote

NEVER FEED COYOTES
Once wild animals have lost their fear of humans through unnecessary interaction, they can become aggressive. Encourage coyotes and other wildlife to remain wary and wild!