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.
Posted on November 7, 2012, in Paw Worthy News and tagged coyote attacks, coyote dog attacks, coyotes attack, dogs coyotes, how to survive coyotes, pets coyotes, prevent coyote attacks, prevent coyote encounters, protect dogs from coyotes, protect pets from coyotes, surviving coyote attack, surviving coyote encounter. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.