In those rare cases when coyotes do attack people, it's often when a pet is present. Thanks so much, Karen It was definitely not my favorite morning, but I’m happy that Rodrigo is back to his happy self. I never let him out at night after that unless I was standing guard at the patio door and the spotlight was on. Now I’m more wary. We haven’t had another close call since that morning a few years ago. Many of my friends do not believe we even have coyotes here in Toledo, Ohio but I have seen and heard them. Whew! We’re hoping that Rodrigo showed them that the territory is taken and they move on. Less often, people are bitten by cornered coyotes, or even more rarely, rabid coyotes. When the eagle swooped down, one of the big dogs knocked it away. I am so glad Rodrigo was ok! Do not run away. OMG – freaked me out. Image: Urban Coyote Research Project. Coyotes will attack household pets, but the numbers are difficult to pin down because it's hard to prove a coyote attack … Thanks, Michelle He leaves the coyotes alone now, so do the other dogs. Now, to be fair, coyotes are an important part of the ecosystems they inhabit. It’s just a pity Rodrigo got hurt i hope he’s recovering well and not to traumatised by his ordeal. As mentioned in a previous reply, a single coyote wouldn’t try, but a pack of them, especially hungry, work together and will bring down larger animals. Try a coyote-deterring gadget: “There are lots of new items on the market for protecting pets, such anti-coyote collars and jackets,” Rodriguez says. In rural areas, the coyote attack statistics are higher. Per Rodriguez, any attacks should be reported to your state’s wildlife agency as soon as possible. If a coyote is an animal and animals lack the ability to reason than you can not reason with a coyote. Glad to hear Rodrigo and the others are OK. Anyway, Rodrigo’s run-in with coyotes was a reminder that coyotes are predators and although I have big dogs, they aren’t 100% safe from an attack. Coyotes run in packs and pairs: Coyotes may run in a large pack, their family, but they tend to hunt in pairs. Fortunately coyotes aren’t typically known to attack people and larger dogs, though it certainly has and does occur (adults and small children). I wonder if they are trying to lure us somewhere, or they just can’t find an open yard to cut through! Predatory attacks resulted in …  But Rodrigo’s experience taught me not to get comfortable.  What’s even scarier is that a couple of years ago, we had juvenile coyotes (three of them) coming up to the dogs’ yard daily when we were at work (our neighbor warned us).  We think they were trying to pretend like they were friendly so they could lure one or more of our dogs away. Makes sense, because we’ve never allowed dog poo to just sit in our main yard. I watch my dogs closely at night. Thanks for the warning.  If you've never heard a pair on a hunt, imagine the sounds of high pitched barks, yelps, and yips. There are news stories every year the evidence that this does happen. I am so glad Rodrigo was okay and this has a quasi-happy ending. Too often, pet parents play Russian roulette with their dog’s life by thinking “My dog will never be attacked by a coyote.” This train of thought is dangerous and puts your dog at … Anyway, Rodrigo’s run-in with coyotes was a reminder that coyotes are predators and although I have big dogs, they aren’t 100% safe from an attack. Good for you; no one messes with our babies! I know! Here are some things you can do to protect your dogs, cats, and family members from a coyote attack: Always accompany your small dog outside when it’s time for them to use the restroom, especially at dusk, dawn, and night. The more coyotes are killed, the more they reproduce. We get them here in our fenced up backyard. Rodrigo got a lot of special attention and because we have three dogs, the other two got treats too just for being around 🙂. Smaller than wolves, with a slender build and distinctive call, coyotes have adapted to suburban living. We have four dogs now so they’ve done a great job marking their territory on our property and this keeps the coyotes away (I think). He’s in great spirits, just a little tender. We recom… Dakota the corgi went into a barking frenzy a few months ago (and she’s not a big barker), and there was a coyote on the other side of the fence. The attack on the family, Cain said, was the third in a string of encounters with the coyote Monday.  I was told that when I see a coyote on our property, that I should reinforce their fear by making loud noises, waving my arms.  That being said, I’ve seen many posts on social media about coyotes snatching a small dog from their yard or while on a walk, so I don't think coyotes are afraid of humans everywhere. However, it is hard to know exactly how often it happens as many of the likely attacks are not observed. They go for small dogs, cats, and birds from the nearby lake. My little Toy Poodle was attacked at 4am this morning by a coyote and thank god he got lucky. One friend had a 3/4 wolf / 1/4 shepherd and a full blood German Shepherd and any coyote foolish enough to cross their territory did not live long enough to be a problem. Coyotes are definitely a threat to dogs and I really appreciate this valuable information. Our coyote population has boomed, because the deer population has boomed. “Sometimes coyotes get habituated to humans, and thus become more brazen,” she explains. Puppy season should be coming up so we have to keep our dogs safe. Coyotes are never a problem to pets if you use basic common sense. Scary stuff. I hope that you called your Vet as sometimes (I think) they will give a Rabies booster. This is one of my fears. The cat did more damage to me in her panic than the coyote did. Small and medium size dogs are simply prey for too many wild animals. This was a warning…daylight or nighttime they are deadly silent and will go for your dog even if he’s bigger. I’m sorry about your run-in and hope your additional precautions help keep them away. Your dog initiated an attack by chasing the coyote. We live in Pennsylvania and I have heard that the coyote population is booming even though people have permission to shoot upon sight. He only had a couple deep scratches, they didn’t even require stitches, but you know how head wounds are? We had a fence between us though, and raspberry bushes were making it hard for the animal to get a grip on her…thank goodness! This has been incredibly helpful! Coyotes look like small dogs: I had been living in Marysville for a couple of years before I could accurately identify a coyote … On the ranch, there is even a bear. This is not just a story, it is fact!! We live in the country outside Austin, TX and we hear coyotes often. One thing we started doing is tossing dog poo (yes, I know, gross) towards the borders of our property. I’m stunned that he was able to shake it off so quickly; he’ll face down a coyote, but he’s still afraid of a broom (jumped in my lap last night because my boyfriend swept up some sand). Keep your cats inside at night. I don’t know how I stayed so calm, especially with the blood everywhere. Kimberly, thank you SO much for this. I’m always aware that they are out there. Do Calming Dog Beds Work for Anxious Dogs? Very few breeds of dogs will stop a cougar attack and if you have these types of dogs then this information is useless to you anyways, you are a person who already understands nature (hunters, outdoorsman etc). He’s doing really good, better than me. Mating season:  Coyotes are most protective of their packs, den and territory during mating season, which is January through March, and when they have pups, which is May and June. That’s so frightening. Whew. And this is ultimately why we are hearing more about their growing urban presence today. Thank you for your story! I have heard coyotes, but I have to say that every time I’ve seen any I’ve always seen just one. We hear them at night, but rarely see them and when we do they run away. Coyotes look like small dogs:  I had been living in Marysville for a couple of years before I could accurately identify a coyote because I rarely saw them.  When we would see then on our property, I thought it was a neighbor’s dog (I’m nearsighted).   In our area, they're about 35-40 pounds, with a greyish-brown coat, and they run with their tail tucked between their legs. They will stand across your property and look you in the eye and where their area has new construction I’ve seen them stand right next to a busy road watching cars go by. So don’t skimp on the precautions mentioned above.  I've read that they view dogs as competition, not prey. I live in Arizona and we occasionally get coyotes in the neighborhood, usually at night just like you had. There have been a small number of attacks on people in the U.S. and Canada, with most of the attacks involving small children under 5 years of age. Perhaps Rodrigo run in with the coyote was so that you and yours would learn how to protect yourselves from the animals that are living in the home they have. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs to your pups. Move them inside if cougars have developed a taste for dogs. What a scary morning!! Due to the personal nature of my blog, I do not accept guest posts nor do I participate in link exchanges, paid or otherwise. I have had many experiences with coyotes that have always taught me something. How scary for all of you. Just one more reason to spay and neuter. Move toward the coyote quickly and aggressively and do not run away from it.” Rodriguez adds that if you see a coyote while walking your dog, maintain eye contact with it and back up until you and your pet are a safe distance from it. And I know what you mean about the sounds coyotes make. The First 15 Seconds Of A Coyote Attack Are Critical – Here’s How To Protect Your Dog. DID YOU KNOW? Just saved my 9 mo old, 60 pound German shepherd from 2 huge red coyotes in my 2.5 acre yard on Bainbridge island today in BROAD sunny daylight. “See your veterinarian to have the wounds cleaned, get some antibiotics started, and booster the rabies vaccine if indicated by vaccine records,” Magers says. I slammed the screen door open and screamed his name and the thing bolted away, thankfully without my baby in his mouth. And, finally, all of my dogs are covered by pet insurance. Luckily I got hold of my dogs.collar before he could chase them. News headlines have highlighted the tragedy that can unfold if a hungry coyote crosses paths with a small, unattended pet. Lucky, lived up to his name once again, bolted right onto the porch and wouldn’t stop screaming for several long minutes while I cried and felt utterly helpless. In many other instances, people were bitten while trying to rescue their free-roaming pet from a coyote attack. Creating an Unwelcome Environment for Coyotes Make your environment inhospitable for coyotes. Rodrigo is doing great. = ). It took a beat before (1) I recognized that it was a coyote and (2) I took action.  Thankfully, my dogs do listen well and God was on my side because they didn’t smell or hear the coyote.  I called them in the house where they stayed for the day.  That was the year when the juvenile coyotes began trying to lure our dogs away. The coyotes leave us alone too. The coyotes were so loud and wild the past few nights that she would not even go outside to use the bathroom. We still see coyotes – they come onto our property, sticking to the edges as they cross from one property to the next (guided by fence lines). I run with our dogs when it’s still dark, and we’ve seen a lot of coyotes – including a pair resting in a neighbor’s yard with their latest victim, which looked like a large cat. In 2018, the app recorded 135 cat deaths by coyote attack, and 58 dog deaths. Last year, when Blue was still alive, a coyote followed us on a walk at dusk, cut across our path and then watched us. I have seen a bobcat though, and I wouldn’t want my dogs to come in contact with one of those either. Heartbroken pet parents around the country are warning others to be alert. The dogs and I stand and watch and the coyote stops to watch us. I expect to see coyotes up here in Marysville, but I wouldn’t be on the look out in Kirkland. Coyotes weigh between 25 and 35 pounds and simply don’t have the strength or the courage to take down a full-grown person. So yes, definitely no food outside if there is any wildlife. Being our neighbors raise chickens. I once read that a coyote might try to make friends with your dog and lure him back to its pack to be killed. “So it’s going to do whatever it can to make a living at the lowest possible cost.”, Even in urban areas, a coyote will prefer to eat its natural diet of rodents and fruit but may snatch up a pet if the opportunity presents itself as an easy one, Fox adds. That’s the only time I was nervous, because it didn’t seem scared. Too often I hear people talk or post about the wild animals coming into our neighborhood or into the city itself. I am so happy your dogs all made it out alive. I have to admit I’m much more worried about the bear…. The coyote’s body was taken by Fish and Game … Though everyone seems to have a “coyote ate my friend’s pet” story, Rodriguez says that these occurrences are still relatively low. Please keep your animal leased in coyote areas. And coyotes do routinely go after cats and smaller dogs. Glad to hear he is recovering well. “If a coyote is in an urban area and there is a fat fluffy [pet] that doesn’t have a lot of defense mechanism, cats could be considered prey,” she says. Coyotes go for small animals:  Whenever I see signs in our community for lost dogs and cats, I wonder if these are victims of our local coyote packs.  Coyotes will attack animals that are smaller than they are; small dogs, cats, as well as local wildlife (bunnies, squirrels, rodents, etc) and chickens (our neighbors used to have free-roaming chickens – a hit with the coyotes). You rock, Melody. She’s not allowed to come out and watch me water the gardens anymore. And coyotes do routinely go after cats and smaller dogs. *shudder* It’s a nuisance, but it almost forces owners to be with their pets any time they’re let outside. In my research it just seems there’s no standard personality traits. If you see a coyote in your yard, “stand tall and maintain eye contact with the coyote,” Magers advises. For example, in California, we haven’t had a case of rabies in coyotes since the early ’90s. Do coyotes hunt in the pack? It is quite an unsettling sound. Central PA. “Humans need to avoid risky behaviors if we are to avoid interactions and conflict with coyotes,” she explains. The other day, I took the dogs for a walk after work.  I was in a hurry because we were losing light fast, but they didn’t mind.  Apollo would prefer to run and Zoey was just happy to be out and about.  It was a short walk where I was juggling two dogs, keeping an eye out for “my dog is friendly” dog walkers, and coyotes.  I crossed the street several times, we got great exercise on our short walk, and at one point I thought I saw coyotes.  Two. Eagles, owls, Bobcats, and coyotes all see them as prey and keeping them close on and on leash is your only defense. Over the past 10 years, we’ve only had a few negative experiences with coyotes and, thankfully, none of my dogs were seriously injured.  The experiences did teach me to take coyote sightings seriously.  While I love animals, I will love wild animals from a distance. Now I love the sound (as long as my dogs are in the house). He has four puncture wounds in the front and back of his neck and a few little cuts on his left eyelids…other than that he’s fine…though terrified to go outside even in daylight now.  I used to think that a well-populated, off-leash dog park wouldn't have coyotes nearby because of the dog traffic and activity.  However, I’ve seen coyotes in all three of the places that I walk my dogs (on leash).  The coyotes don’t approach, but they are around so it’s important that I’m aware. I’m so sorry for your horrible morning, but happy that Rodrigo is doing well. We only have an acre but do not let the dog out loose once it is dark. A coyote may become rabid, but it’s much more prevalent in bats, skunks, and raccoons than coyotes in terms of a rabies vector species.”. Coyotes have been known to attack and kill small dogs, but Meister says it more often has to do with innate canine competition. Did you know…..coyotes HATE donkeys and donkeys will drive coyotes away? 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