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What you really need to know
Coyotes are one of the smartest mammals on the planet. They are one of
three different types of wild dogs found in North America. The scientific
name for Coyote is "Canis latrans": which literally means "barking dogs".
Their barks are laced with distinctive and beautiful yips and howls. They
are active both day and night, though most active at sunset, night and
sunrise. Their coloration is usually gray, brown or tan with whitish
accents. Coyotes have exceptional senses of smell, vision and hearing, so
they have no trouble locating garbage, whether in cans or bags.
They may be unwelcome neighbors, but when the human population continues
to move further into what was previously the realm of the wild animals
such as coyote, deer and fox, confrontations with these animals will
occur. They are forced to become "urban wildlife". In urban settings, the
omnivorous coyote lives off small animals, some vegetation, insects,
rodents and garbage. They are chiefly nocturnal, have a lifespan of 10-15
years in captivity and 8-10 years in the wild. Coyotes have been known to
interbreed with domestic dogs, therefore it is extremely important to spay
or neuter your pets. Female dogs in heat will actually attract coyotes and
un-neutered male dogs are driven to seek out the female coyote in heat.
Although frustrating to deal with and heartbreaking
when the family pet is injured or killed by coyotes, the problem of urban
coyotes will not be solved by extermination. This will just further
disturb our fragile eco-system. Coyotes are very important to the food
chain because they eat large bugs, rodents such as mice, snakes, and
carrion - dead animals that otherwise can cause problems. In a sense, they
are Natures vacuum, cleaning up all that we would rather not have around!
Education and coexistence are the solution.
To maintain a successful coexistence, discourage coyotes from hanging
around your property by doing the following immediately;
1. Keep all pets inside or under supervision,
especially at sunset, nighttime and sunrise.
2. Make sure your property is cleared of all brush.
Secure garbage containers and eliminate their odors by spraying them
with ammonia or spreading cayenne pepper around them.
3. Spay and neuter all of your pets. This also will
prevent those unwanted litters and help save lives.
4. Do not feed coyotes or leave food where they can
5. If possible, eliminate outdoor sources of water.
Use 6 ft. fencing as a deterrent.
6. Restrict use of bird and squirrel feeders, coyotes
are drawn to the seed, birds and rodents that use the feeders.
Most importantly, never attempt to approach a coyote, especially if it
is injured. A cornered or frightened wild animal can be dangerous.
Written by Dusti Summerbird-Lockey. Distributed by Great Dane Angel
Network Enterprises, Inc as a courtesy.