THE VERSATILE COYOTE
Found throughout North America from eastern Alaska to Panama, the coyote is a highly versatile and adaptable animal that can survive a variety of habits, from low deserts to high mountains, and endure extensive human environmental modification. The coyote, known as the “song dog” by American Indians, is also a very vocal animal, known for its howls which can travel up to 3 miles or more.
Coyotes have a great sense of smelly, vision and hearing, along with evasiveness, enables them to
survive in the wild and in suburban areas of large cities. They’re also very agile, easily leaping an eight foot fence or wall.
A coyote’s versatility extends to its diet, which depends on what’s available in its environment. That diet typically consists of mice, rabbits, squirrels, small rodents, insects, reptiles and the fruits and berries of wild plants. Because they help keep rodent populations under control, coyotes play a crucial role in the ecosystem.
Coyotes, however, become a problem when given access to human food and garbage, at which point they lose their natural fear of humans. As opportunistic feeders, coyotes have been known to prey on unprotected pets in suburban areas.
The most important rule – DO NOT FEED COYOTES.
Do not approach or try to pet a coyote.
Don’t leave small children unattended in parks or yards.
Feed pets indoors so petfood won’t lure coyotes.
Pick up fallen fruit or berries and cover compost piles.
Secure garbage cans so coyotes can’t open them.
Secure your pets, keeping them indoors from dusk until dawn.
When you see a coyote in your neighborhood, discourage them with loud noises, yelling, hand clapping and flashing lights.
Keeping coyotes in the wild and out of our neighborhoods is the key to coexisting with this impressively, versatile animal.