What to Do When You See a Coyote


Coyotes – they’re wild animals that roam
the grasslands and foothills of North America. But they’re becoming more and more frequent
guests to suburbs and even cities. So, what should you do if you or your pet
comes across one? More on that here in a bit, but first… How dangerous are coyotes? Coyotes are rather reclusive animals that
don’t enjoy or seek the company of humans. They wouldn’t move closer to us by choice. But as cities are growing and pushing into
what used to be wild areas, people are the ones moving closer to coyotes! Now these canines aren’t as afraid of humans
as they used to be and feel safe roaming around backyards, even with the homeowners nearby! They’ve already realized there’s food
in human neighborhoods, and they don’t mind helping themselves to it. It could be something out of the trash, the
garden, or, worst-case scenario, your pets! If there’s just one coyote watching you,
it may be doing this out of curiosity. However, if you have a dog that’s smaller
than the coyote, who knows what might be going through this invader’s mind? “Mmm, Bichon steak, my favorite!” A pack of coyotes, which is fortunately a
rarity in cities or suburbs, is a whole other ballgame though! When there’s a group of them, what do they
have to fear? Luckily, cases of coyotes attacking dogs are
very uncommon. But still, it’s every pet owner’s responsibility
to keep their furry friend out of harm’s way. So here’s… How to protect your dog from coyotes: – Don’t leave your dog unattended. If you live in a high-risk area, always keep
an eye on your pooch, even when it’s playing in your own backyard. Genetically, dogs and coyotes have a lot in
common, so they’re naturally attracted to each other. That means it’s not always the coyote chasing
the dog – it can be vice versa! If your pet spots a coyote across the fence,
it might decide to beeline straight for this unfamiliar visitor. When you’re going for a walk with your dog,
keep it on a leash. A non-retractable kind is your best bet because
you’ll be able to control your pet and keep it close in case of a rendezvous. Those wild doggos are still mostly afraid
of humans, so your close presence will serve as a protective shield. If you have a little dog, it’s even better
if you pick it up when things get dangerous. – Plan your walking route wisely. One of the best things you can do to avoid
running into a coyote is avoiding areas that are known to have plenty of them. Coyotes don’t like bright light, so walking
on a well-lit street or path is a good idea. If that’s not an option, take a flashlight
with you and create your own source of bright light. – Be more careful at certain times of the
day and year. Baby coyotes are born in spring, so their
parents get way more protective and, thus, dangerous from April to August. That’s when they’re on high alert to keep
their cubs out of danger, even if that “danger” is just your goofy beagle running up to try
and make a new friend. As for the time of day, they’re most active
at night. By nature, they like to get around during
the day, but urban life has changed coyotes. They’ve adapted to sniff around when the
sun’s not out in hopes of not getting spotted by humans. That’s why you should keep an extra eye
on your pet if you prefer to walk it just after sunset. – Don’t feed wildlife. The main thing that brings coyotes to areas
filled with humans is the search for food. So don’t be surprised by a visit if you
leave something tasty out for them. And if they get it once, they’ll come back
for more. For the same reason, don’t feed any of your
pets outside – any leftovers become a source of risk. Even birdseed can cause you trouble because
rodents come after it, and they’re an easy catch for coyotes. On that note… – Keep your yard clean. A dirty grill that you forgot to clean after
a delicious BBQ, fallen fruit you were too lazy to pick up, any kind of edible trash
– all of those are natural attractants for coyotes. And, yeah, even your dog’s poop is a threat
because coyotes can smell it from afar. If you have compost in your backyard, make
sure the bin on it is always securely closed. Don’t throw meat in there either because,
well, obviously the smell is irresistible to them. Shrubs and fallen branches also put your pet
at risk because they make an excellent natural hiding spot for sneaky visitors. – Set up a good fence. A fence that’s at least 8 feet tall made
out of a material that’s hard to climb is a good precaution. To make sure coyotes won’t get in from digging
under it, the fence should extend underground at least 2 feet deep. One more thing – if you have an invisible
fence, remember it works its magic on your dog so that it doesn’t get out, but it won’t
stop a coyote from getting in! – Get some protective gear for your dog. These days, they make anti-coyote Kevlar jackets
– yeah, the same material police vests are made from – for dogs. Many of them are extra-protected with spikes
on the back. There are also collars with spikes to protect
your little guy’s neck. Not gonna lie, they look pretty cool and hardcore! Ok, hopefully those preventative measures
will keep you from coming face-to-snout with a coyote in the first place. But just in case… What should you do if you see a coyote? – First thing’s first, walk confidently
and stay calm. I know it’s easier said than done, but if
the coyote is still pretty far away, you can just walk out of trouble with your dog on
the leash or in your arms. Avoid running by all means. It triggers their hunter instinct, so they’ll
be more likely to chase after you. And a coyote is always faster than you, trust
me. Don’t turn your back to the animal either. Be confident but cautious! – If you realize it’s too late to just walk
away and the coyote is interested in either you or your dog, or both, you have to show
it that you aren’t afraid of it at all. To do that, pretend to be larger and more
intimidating than you actually are – no one likes to start beef with a bigger stronger
enemy. Stand tall and wave your arms. Yell aggressively and in an authoritative
tone. If there are any cans, sticks, or pebbles
around, throw them for extra noise. Stomping your feet also helps. Blow a whistle or an air horn, ring a bell
– use any noise source you can. Looking it in the eye will also show how powerful
and confident you are. – In case the coyote got into your backyard,
use hoses, spray bottles with vinegar water (you can fill them in advance), or any other
things that could scare away the predator. – Sometimes they’ll start to run off but
then stop and look back. Remember to keep scaring it away – don’t
stop just because the coyote started to retreat. It might take more than one attempt to get
rid of it for good. – One important thing you should do after
the predator’s gone is report the incident to your local authorities! It’s crucial to keep track of sightings
to inform others of possible danger in the area. And finally… What should you do after an attack? Let’s hope it never happens to your pet,
but if it does, it’s always best when you know what to do! You have to take your dog to the vet immediately
for the wounds to be cleaned and treated. Even if it just looks like a minor scratch
or bite, still take them in. The vet will give your fur baby a rabies vaccine
and antibiotics if necessary. Luckily, rabies isn’t that common among
coyotes, but the shot is almost always protocol with any wild animal bite. Have you ever spotted a coyote? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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Reader Comments

  1. D C

    I had a coyote try to get to my two dogs through my front door. He was scratching away at the door because he could see my dogs through the window. Then he jumped in the lawn chair on the patio and started clawing the bedroom window. He finally gave up and left. This was at 11:00 in the morning in an apartment complex in the county of St. Louis. There is a graveyard across the street and the Mississippi River is a couple miles away. I called Missouri Conservation. They had a hard time believing a coyote would be that aggressive. Others in the complex had seen it the day before leaving the complex and going across the street into the graveyard. It was frightening!

  2. devan plays minecraft

    Coyotes always come in my neighborhood ! Me and my friend chase them, there afraid of us and we chase them into the woods and we know were there nest is. We have never been attacked.

  3. Matthew Tavares

    When I was little I was sitting in a sandbox with my friend and a coyote came face to face with me. Luckily his dad smacked it on the top of the head

  4. Night Blitz Plays

    Why is everyone making coyotes and wolves sound like monsters :/ they only attack when they have rabies or if they havent eaten in forever and their food supply is down :/

  5. drkahara

    Hello BRIGHT SIDE. Does the information in thes video count when I meet or in a chance to meet a hyena? Not that it has much of a chance, but anything can happen.

  6. Arionna Brown

    Well, my family lives in a neighborhood that's with a lot of houses and its rare to see wild animals in here so I have seen deer,raccoons,skunk,and turkeys, and bats.

  7. chan myae warso

    Thankyou brightside for posting safety tips, now I know what to do when I see coyote – in case of emergencies. But in Asia there are very rare visits of coyotes.

  8. Jerry R

    Yes several times Arizona is coyote country. Even in the cities. Luckily none of the encounters turned for the worse. They mostly stayed where they were or ran away

  9. Punk Knup

    Cayote's are an awesome animals & just like any wild animal don't corner it coz it would attack, give it a lot of space so they can retreat.

  10. Adina Meadows

    I was chased by one when is was 4 or 5 i started crying so my sister saw me i showed her the coyote she picked my up and ran well of course it chased us then we shut the door in it's face and it started scratching the door and we were scared my sister was 12 or 13 at that time and when one of our parents came back inside they looked it up and we found it turns out it had really sharp teeth and super dangerous and fast they were still home though just not in the place

  11. Reb Rearview

    Thank God I live in the sticks. That way, I know exactly what I would do if I saw a coyote. See a coyote, shoot the coyote. Period. Otherwise, you can expect wild game numbers to go down, livestock threatened, and domesticated animals targeted as well.

  12. K Z

    i have scared every coyote by using two thin pan just hit them together will make super loud noise sounds like shotgun it does affect coyotes because hurt they ear n it does scared them in air when u hit it u will see them jumped up in air frank out like cat lol n just keep doing it will keep them away from that place never return but remember it may not be same coyote n remember there soo many different coyote in every different groups move place to place and i do know one after other choice is buy stunk bottle put out in yard n it does smell horrible and no aninal will come by it because they all know skunk is they worse nightmare

  13. Phil

    I live in Metro Detroit and we have lots of coyotes in the burbs around Detroit. One lives in our neighborhood and I've seen him walking down the street in front of my home. I've never been attacked by one, or been approached closer then 30 feet when walking my dogs. But I've been watched by plenty of them. They're mostly solitary around here.

  14. Josh Skolnick

    I began watching this video before realising it's BRIGHT SIDE. I once watched a very in-accurate video that was so poorly done it was a joke and I felt like I was being brainwashed, no thanks!

  15. Byzantyn Bloodlightning

    No coyote problems where I live, but we have deer.  Cool graphics though.  And you had to go and make the 'yotie look so cute!  LOL

  16. LWB

    Oh yes, coyotes do roam in the large greenbelt near my home. It's true, that they will eat whatever they may find along the way.
    I have often wondered if the growing deer herds will affect the coyotes' behavior. At least where we live, there's no culling going
    on to thin deer herds like they used to do so in the 20th century. This used to be large farm areas but now it's a collision of wildlife and humans
    in large, sprawling neighborhoods.

  17. Laydee Stroh

    Why would you say dogs being attacked by coyotes is uncommon??!! Thats absolutely untrue, states like Nevada & California have to watch their puppies very closely

  18. Colin Shea

    i remember when my family went to a open field at a valley while walking our dogs and we seen A coyote under a tree so my father picked up my dog and ran to the car we did the opposite of what this video said to not run from a coyote and all this was at night

  19. Michael Coats

    My unwritten rule to wild animals. If you are in a group, you don't have too be faster than the animal when you run. Just faster than the slowest animal/ person.

  20. Marah's pee Time

    Yes I saw 200 coyotes I know that sounds fake but really I did I was sick then I saw 1 stairing at me then they attacked me my mom thought I was just playing when she came up to check on me I had to get surgery I thought I was died and I woke up during surgery I screamed so loud the whole hospital heard me then I became deaf so I have cc what ever that means anywho I fell asleep then I woke up in the hospital room I was crying because of that now I think it's a nightmare but for nightmare vote:50% and real vote:99% to this day I still get that sane nightmare that day once a year

  21. That nigga bush from around the corner

    In a city coyotes tend to come out in the wee hours of the morning. Like between 2 and 4 am. Even then you'd be lucky to see them. In Indianapolis there were 2 Coydogs(half dog , half coyote!)that use to hunt geese in my apartment complex around 3 am. In much rural areas you can forget seeing them altogether but you will hear them. I've seen more wild black bear , another elusive animal but no coyotes or wolves. I've lived in town in upper Wisconsin where 2 known packs of wolves roamed.

  22. Silent Word

    I work near a creek the first time i was texting in my phone by the dumpster and i saw one fairly small it had beautiful amber eyes it looked at me i stood up and it took off

    the second time i was throwing trash away around 4pm i saw it near the jogging trail in the creek by the road to the dumpster it was BIG and the fur was red good thing it wasn't facing me and it kept walking down its path i froze until it left out of sight

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