Keep Your Cool in a Coyote Encounter – Lessons from the Road Runner

 

In Part 1 of my coyote series, I talked about steps in preventing a coyote encounter with your dog.  But what should you do if you and your fur baby come face to face with a coyote?

 

How to Handle a Coyote Encounter:

 

Don’t Run!  Never, ever turn your back on a coyote or run away.  You might as well wear a sign saying “I’m prey, attack me”.  Remain calm, stand your ground, and slowly back away while facing the coyote when safe to do so.

Do Not Approach.  Don’t walk towards or try to chase the coyote away.  Approaching will provoke an attach.

Make Noise!  Sound an air horn/bull horn, whistle, clap.  Anything makes a loud noise.

Make Yourself Big.  Wave your arms over your head, yell, make yourself appear big and scary. Throw rocks.

Go After Sensitive Areas.  If a coyote attacks, fight back hard!  Punch, hit, kick sensitive areas like eyes, nose, and throat.

Keep Yourself Between Your Dog and the Coyote.  There are views on both sides of the fence for this.  Personally, I’m bigger than my dog and will do anything to protect her.

Notify Authorities. Once you and your pet are safe, make sure to notify your local police department or animal control. The attack needs to be documented.

 

For further information, check out Coyote Safety from Coyote Yipps.

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Posted on November 7, 2012, in Paw Worthy News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. When I lived in California we had coyotes everywhere. We were in the city and there was one that used our back yard as a thoroughfare. Regularly! It has been my experience that they are very shy animals and will run away when they see you. That said, I never had my dog with me, and it was in evidence that cats were often on the menu! Not ours, however, because we kept them in at night! Is it a problem elsewhere?

    • That’s crazy! Luckily I haven’t had any in my yard yet. They are definitely becoming a bigger problem in the Chicago suburbs, and even in Chicago.

      • The more we encroach into their living spaces the more we can expect to have encounters with them. As their natural living spaces are disappearing they adapt to rural and city life. I am more afraid of an encounter with domestic dogs off leash and on the run than I am of the coyote. Coyote will always act wild and be a bit shy, whereas, a domesticated dog will react as he was trained/treated at home… Good or bad, I have no way of knowing when I meet “Fido” on the street.

        Apparently, my experiences are much different than those being experienced by the inhabitants of Chicago and its burbs.

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