Coyotes were considered a western species in the US, but expanded their range to north Florida in the 60’s and 70’s according to the wildlife commission. The wildlife commission states that it is now common for coyotes to co-exist in neighborhoods due to the decline of any predator populations. Humans, are most likely to blame for the coyotes expanding their territory as we have reduced their available natural habitat. Keep in mind that urban zones are typically filled with easily available food resources. So for a coyote who is ready to consume just about anything, why hunt for food? Scavenging is much easier.
So Residents with Small Pets Must Be Careful
Coyotes are becoming less scared of humans, because people are feeding them.
Please be advised:
Coyotes will eat dogs, goats, miniature horses, horses, sheep, cows, or ANY farm animal.
How to Decrease the Chances of Seeing a Coyote while Walking your Dog
- Wait until the sun is already up before walking the dog in the morning, and in the evening, walk the dog prior to the sun setting.
- Do not let your dog out in the yard without observation, before sunrise or after sunset.
- Make sure that your dog will reliably come when he is called.
- Walk the dog along with other people, and in well-trafficked areas.
- Remember the times of the year when coyote activity is heightened. That is Feb-May- give or take.
- Have the pet spayed or neutered – or be sure to keep a super close eye and reliable leash on the animal.
WORRIED ABOUT COYOTES?
Call 1-866-263 WILD!
There is a protective vest available for pets. You can find it here: https://www.coyotevest.com/
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COYOTE:
Don’t turn your back, and don’t run. They might chase you and they can run up to 40 mph.
If the coyote moves closer use the method known as “hazing.”
Blow a very loud whistle.
Clap hands loudly and stomp feet.
Throw sticks or rocks at their feet.
If you don’t have anything available, act large ie. open your jacket, raise your arms and yell.
Don’t engage a coyote that is cornered, injured or with pups – instead slowly walk away backwards.
Follow all of these tips to keep you and your pet safe.
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