Concerns me because Tessi, is the type that would probably go over to try to befriend one. Thanks so much, Karen 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). “When it does happen, it’s typically because humans are engaging in risky behavior—e.g., leaving/letting their pets outside alone, walking pets at night in urban centers.” And even then, Rodriguez explains that we can’t really place the blame on the coyotes. Keeping your Dog safe from coyote attacks might not be a priority of yours, but it should.  Other food sources are fruit falling from trees, compost piles, and open trash containers. There's a lot of information online about coyotes and if you plan to do some research, I suggest avoiding forums or question/answer sites. I’m so amazed that I was able to keep it together. 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). 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. I always wondered if when it started “barking” it was trying to lure the dogs, but thankfully they were all on leash (usually Sydney is off leash). = ). Although rare, coyotes can carry rabies, Fox notes. 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. Scary stuff. In 2018, the app recorded 135 cat deaths by coyote attack, and 58 dog deaths. How to Protect Your Dog and Cat from Coyotes. When returning to the car after hiking one time it was getting dark so we stopped to watch the lights in the city come on. Pretty much all my sightings have been in winter and spring, and always very early morning before daylight. I was just thinking about this earlier today (crazy right?) so glad it wasn’t worse for your rodrigo, kimberly!!!! Small and medium size dogs are simply prey for too many wild animals. 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. While coyotes can pose a threat to pets, it’s important for people to recognize the fact that these animals are native to North America and a very crucial part of the country, Fox says. 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. A coyote sneaked into the backyard, stalked, then "attacked" our clueless Chocolate Lab, Moose. Rodrigo is doing well and I vow not to take them out to the main yard at 3 am again! We’ve only seen 1 come onto our property. What a terrifying experience! We only have an acre but do not let the dog out loose once it is dark. A lot is going to change after this…including the purchase of either a litter box or an indoor dog potty for night time bathroom trips…no more outside if I can help it. I live in a more urban area, but seeing coyotes is actually really popular. We never saw him again. If you have spotted coyotes roaming … For example, in California, we haven’t had a case of rabies in coyotes since the early ’90s. 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. Small pets of any type should never not be carefully watched.  It only takes one or two coyotes to go after smaller prey, while a pack will work together to take down something larger. 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. Says White, “It doesn’t matter how many are trapped, there will always be coyotes in urban areas.” In the first months after Riverside adopted the HSUS plan, coyote attacks on pets—and calls for coyotes to be trapped—stopped. And YES – I SOOO should have stayed in bed! “Carry a headlamp or flashlight when walking your dog at night,” she says. There are fields and trails that have coyotes and we’ve been noticing more this year (more prey).  We live in an area with lots of bunnies and deer, so the coyotes aren’t too far away. Last year, when Blue was still alive, a coyote followed us on a walk at dusk, cut across our path and then watched us. In the trails where we got for walks, later at night, you can hear them. Caught sight of this article and wanted to add. He finally peeled off in the nearby park. Here are a few precautions you can take: Be aware that some dogs may be drawn to coyotes: To ensure your dog’s safety in a coyote-ridden area, it’s essential to be aware that coyotes and dogs can be attracted to one another, Fox points out. Most recently, we are battling a situation of the grey wolf which was recently on the endangered list and now they are dominating our land here in MI. Walk a dog on leash and be cognizant of coyotes in the area.”. 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. There coyotes send in there bitches in heat. A dog's instinct may be to give chase and there's no telling what he'll meet at the end of that chase.  I mostly see coyotes in the spring, summer, and fall – during these times, I make sure that my dogs’ harnesses are secure and I only walk as many dogs as I can handle (usually two or three).  This way, if they see a coyote, they won’t slip their harness to give chase.  So far, when my dogs see coyotes, they stay close by my side. He’s doing really good, better than me. In many human attack incidents, it turns out that the offending coyote was being fed by people. 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. 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. If there is some big animal a single coyote will never dare to hunt it because it knows if it does so, its life can be in danger. I am so glad Rodrigo was okay and this has a quasi-happy ending. (Master that you may just get a 137 on the LSAT.) Copyright© 2011-2020 Kimberly Gauthier.  Articles may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent of Kimberly Gauthier [that’s me!]. The dogs came to flank me and I just said “we won’t bother you” and the coyote went on his way. That is scary! Even though our back yard is fenced in, it’s not all that high so the Pom never, ever goes out by herself. He’s in great spirits, just a little tender. This is common in our area and because people are good with their vaccinations we don’t have a rabies problem. We see them on the side of the road here all the time. Good on you for acting so quickly. Thanks so much for stopping by! 2 Ways to Make the Best Out of Your Black Friday Shopping. I’ve warned all my neighbors with pets and/or kids. Coyotes are never a problem to pets if you use basic common sense. So don’t skimp on the precautions mentioned above. Your dog initiated an attack by chasing the coyote. If coyotes weren’t enough to worry about, my 7 pound Pomeranian was recently targeted by a hawk. The dog was being credited with finally driving the animal off, although the dog was bitten many times. He had some nasty scratches but survived with no ill effects. 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). Many horses will also go after coyotes (and sometimes dogs they don’t know). We are used to being careful, because where we used to go camping and where we now have Jasmine’s ranch, there is a lot of wildlife. Raw Feeding 101 - Learn to Transition Your Dog to Raw Dog Food. What a horrible way to the start of your day. Our son can actually hear them in his room. Only about 15 yard away and creeping closer on their toes. 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. My King Charles tried to be the tough gal and was marginally successful in barking him away. That’s so frightening. Keeping My Dogs Calm and Happy When I'm Grieving, Podcasts that are Perfect for Crazy Dog Moms, Trying to Figure Out My Curly Hair Routine, Keep the Tail Wagging is Now a Lifestyle Blog #DogMomStyle. And coyotes do routinely go after cats and smaller dogs. I’m sorry about your run-in and hope your additional precautions help keep them away. In recent years, we have been hearing more and more about wildlife posing a threat to dogs and cats. I kept reminding myself of that, because Rigo could have came across a family or a pair. If you weren’t aware, you may be surprised at how widespread and healthy the coyote population in the U.S. is. This is one of my fears. I’m so glad your dog is okay. Speaking of fencing, you should invest in one that’s solid, at least 6-feet tall, … I once read that a coyote might try to make friends with your dog and lure him back to its pack to be killed. We get them here in our fenced up backyard. Smaller than wolves, with a slender build and distinctive call, coyotes have adapted to suburban living. I just came in from a near attack on my king charles spaniel by a coyote — and I live in Kirkland! “Be extra careful during this time. Image: Urban Coyote Research Project. Dogs are lured out and then mobbed and KILLED. Ahhhh, nature. “If you feel you must feed your pet outside, feed midday at a set time and pick up leftovers immediately,” Magers says. Glad to hear he is recovering well.  If you've never heard a pair on a hunt, imagine the sounds of high pitched barks, yelps, and yips. Thanks! My little Toy Poodle was attacked at 4am this morning by a coyote and thank god he got lucky. Is this really something to lose sleep over? I have two dogs my self so I can understand the worry and fear it would cause to have one of them hurt by a coyote or any wild animal. A few seconds later, Rodrigo was running towards me, covered in blood due to a bite on the nose. Makes sense, because we’ve never allowed dog poo to just sit in our main yard. Be extra mindful during coyote breeding season: “April is when the coyotes are going to have their young and April through August is when they are going to be more protective of their young,” Fox says.  If you walk your dog in an off-leash area during these months, take care. That’s so terrifying! We recom… I wonder if they are trying to lure us somewhere, or they just can’t find an open yard to cut through! At the time of Rodrigo’s run-in with the coyote, he as protected by a rabies vaccination.  Rodrigo was two years old and I was still doing annual vaccinations.  However, this experience taught me that in Washington, our coyote population doesn’t carry rabies.  I’ve confirmed this with several local veterinarians.  But, side note, there is a population that does carry rabies – bats.  I learned recently that bats can transmit rabies without biting – they just express it into the air or something.  That freaked me out although we have screens on our windows and have never had a bat flying around our home.  So, I did a little research to learn that “bats contract rabies far less than other animals. Make loud noises, but DO NOT turn and run away, the animal may view it as an opportunity to chase. In my research it just seems there’s no standard personality traits. I’m happy that your cat lived to meow another day. He’s doing great and our vet just recommended keeping his wounds clean and approved simple hydrogen peroxide. I met Ishtar flying towards me and we both beat a hasty retreat. I know what you mean; I used to try and capture them with my camera. Also avoid walking your dog during twilight hours.” Rodriguez adds that coyotes are more active at night, so it’s best to keep an extra eye on your pet when you let him out after the sun goes down. “Those give little to no control if your pet encounters a coyote. “By taking a few precautions, there is no reason why the two species can’t live together peacefully.”. I had her on a chain, and she was right next to me when she went straight for the movement in the bushes. 10-month-old beagle-mix. Coyotes are naturally afraid of humans:  Just because they have a natural fear of us doesn't mean that we're safe from them, so I don't approach them, I don't feed them, and I don't allow our dogs approach them.  I've read that they have the ability to make noise as if they're a large pack through their vocal cords. Thanks for the warning. The coyote’s body was taken by Fish and Game … Coyotes are only dangerous to humans when they are protecting their young, when they feel threatened, or if they have rabies. And this is ultimately why we are hearing more about their growing urban presence today. … I expect to see coyotes up here in Marysville, but I wouldn’t be on the look out in Kirkland. There’s been a couple occasions where the coyote has run ahead of us for several blocks. One of my pet-sitting friends recommends against dog doors because she’s heard of coyotes getting in that way. It’s awful. Glad that you’re keeping him close. Larger dogs aren't necessarily safe: Coyotes don't often go after larger dogs unless they feel threatened. People if you live near wild life you got to expect predators to do what they do, defend and kill anything they are large enough to kill. The coyotes were so loud and wild the past few nights that she would not even go outside to use the bathroom. Coyote-Proof Fencing. But how common are coyote attacks in urban and suburban areas?   A few years ago, a coyote came within 20’ of Rodrigo while he was eating a beef knuckle bone.  I looked up and stared in shock and awe because a coyote had never come that close to us before. Oh my goodness!!! As a pack they will defend and run coyotes off with minimal encounters with them. I hope that everyone is feeling better!!!! That is awful, Crystal. I know it's tempting to think that this will never happen, but our experiences with coyotes were terrifying for me.  I was already stressed and worried about my dogs, I didn’t want to be worried about vet bills too. We’re so happy too; gosh this could have gone totally wrong. So scary. “It does happen from time to time, but it’s not all that common,” she explains.  When I read that coyotes can't tell the difference between their natural prey and pets; that made sense to me as well. “A dog and a coyote are genetically similar enough where they can interbreed, though interbreeding is not very common,” she notes. It is quite an unsettling sound. Oh so glad your do is ok. We have coyotes here as well in Michigan. They stalked my dog by one coming from the left and one from the right while he was playing with his deflated soccer ball, not noticing them. Other reasons for a coyote attack: Other reasons (besides food) that a coyote may attack a dog is because it's sick and rabid, it's protecting its territory, it's driving your dog away from its pack, and they don't like strangers (I don't know you, so I'm going to scare you away). While they generally do not attack humans, coyotes often attack and kill smaller sized dogs and cats. Bless you both. Coyotes never should be a problem if you understand the nature of predators and chose the right pets for your environment. Friends at the horse farm lost one of their dogs to coyotes, it was a cockapoo and he didn’t stay a chance. I live in Arizona and we occasionally get coyotes in the neighborhood, usually at night just like you had. It turns out that they were someone’s dogs being walked off-leash.  It was getting darker and the human was wearing dark clothing and blended into the trees.  The dogs had lighter coats (white or grey), which made them stand out and made me think “damn, coyotes are out already.”. I am a blogger, and all information shared is based on my personal experience with my dogs and research about raw feeding, canine health, and nutrition that I do for my dogs.  Please do not use content from this blog in place of veterinarian care.  I do not offer coaching or consultations; the most I can do is share my personal experience. They were same size as my shepherd, about 26″ high at withers. We used to see them on our property, but they’ve always shied away from us and the dogs, never coming around when we were coming outside. News headlines have highlighted the tragedy that can unfold if a hungry coyote crosses paths with a small, unattended pet. I also have a relationship with Darwin’s Natural Pet Products as a customer; please note that Darwin’s Pet does not provide free food for my pets. We live in a dense suburban area surrounded by pasture and woods in North Texas. We see coyotes all the time. They watch us from a distance and never approach us (by “us” I mean me and my dogs).  My dogs don’t have a solid recall, so I don’t take them to the woods for off-leash walks.  The last thing I need is for them to catch the scent or see a coyote, deer, skunk or rabbit and take off.  Rodrigo took off after a coyote once and the memory still shakes me up. My hope is that the interaction pushed the coyotes to move to a new area. “You should use a 6-foot leash, not a retractable leash,” recommends Dr. Kate Magers, a veterinarian at Pennfield Animal Hospital in Missouri. It is pretty frightening when you think about it. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  For more details, visit the Affiliate Disclosure page. Typically the dogs and coyotes on cattle and horse ranches give each other wide berths and rarely fight. I haven’t seen them here, but neighbors have. That is scary. Do not feed your pet outside: As food can be a big attractor of coyotes, giving your pet his dinner indoors is always a good idea. Do not play victim if you can help it. I’m so sorry for your horrible morning, but happy that Rodrigo is doing well. The coyotes were working in a group to defend the one being chased by YOUR dog. 😮 I’m so glad it turned out OK for you too! We people may be the most powerful, most intelligent and most destructive animal on the planet but all other animals server a purpose. The vet cleaned him up and gave him antibiotics. It’s scary. Thankfully, our off leash dog parks are entirely fenced in, but we still don’t go between dusk and dawn. Predatory (the coyote directly and aggressively pursued and bit the victim) We classified 37% of attacks as Predatory, 22% as Investigative, 7% as Rabid, 6% as Pet-related, and 4% as Defensive (the other 24% could not be classified due to a lack of details). “Things like habitat encroachment, habitat alteration, and food can be an attraction for different species.”, Rodriguez adds that coyotes are generalists, which means they don’t have narrow requirements for habitat, food, and such, like specialist species do. “You should haze the coyote by yelling, clapping your hands loudly, making loud noises, flashing a flashlight, tossing rocks or sticks near the coyote, and anything else that will frighten it off. One thing you need to know is that coyotes are not particularly afraid of humans unless you’re carrying a rifle. When the coyotes came at Annie, she was right next to the tent where my wife was sleeping, and she takes her role as guard dog deadly serious.I have nothing against coyotes, but I am fairly certain Annie does! Being our neighbors raise chickens. They seem to be a very unpredictable species. Do Calming Dog Beds Work for Anxious Dogs? Coyotes are definitely a threat to dogs and I really appreciate this valuable information. In those rare cases when coyotes do attack people, it's often when a pet is present. The coyote may see a dog as an interloper on its territory. It’s a pain, but her safety is worth the extra effort. Now I love the sound (as long as my dogs are in the house). “The vests are made of Kevlar and have spikes on the back of the jacket and the collars also have spikes on them.” While both products should help deter attacks, Rodriguez notes that she hasn’t seen any convincible statistics that would allow her to tout their effectiveness. Of course anyone with an open male knows that instinct kicks in. 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. Glad you were able to recover your dog, hope he mends well. I was on high alert yesterday, but it was a pretty uneventful day and we went back to our normal routine. Coyote Attacks. Adult coyotes typically weigh from 20 to 50 lbs. If your pet gets bit by a coyote, it requires immediate veterinary attention.  If we provide a food source, then coyotes may become a risk to our dogs, therefore, we don't keep food and water outside.Â. And your right, the stories are all over the place. And demographic wise, she notes that coyotes have been found “everywhere from Central America to the Arctic.”, So, will a coyote attack a dog? I’m glad that your dog is okay and you too. Most of his wounds are healing nicely but the deepest one under his throat kept getting scratched so he had to get the cone. “Birdseed, for instance, can attract rodents and, therefore, attract coyotes.” Fallen fruit should also be cleaned up, as Fox notes that coyotes consume large amounts of fruit during certain points in the year. “There is an attraction often between dogs and coyotes and it’s often the dog that starts the chase behavior. “They play an important role in helping to keep ecosystems healthy and diverse. I’ve wondered if my goldens would handle it probably not with the looks of your experience. Things like habitat encroachment, habitat alteration, and food can be an attraction for different species. 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! There are news stories every year the evidence that this does happen. “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. People see them in their yards not too often, but often enough that it’s a cause for concern. There are many news stories and Youtube videos depicting these scenarios; many are just too distressing and graphic to share here. Per Rodriguez, any attacks should be reported to your state’s wildlife agency as soon as possible. The truth is, coyote hunts alone and in pack both and that totally depends upon the size of prey. No outdoor food and water:  Having dog food, raw bones, and/or water outside and accessible to wildlife rewards coyotes and other animals for coming on your property. When ranchers use dogs to repel wild canines, they always have packs of dogs, not individual dogs. It’s as if there an “it’s good” going on. They go for small dogs, cats, and birds from the nearby lake. But if an incident occurs, then the coyote gets blamed.”, Do not feed wildlife: One of the biggest reasons that coyotes are infiltrating neighborhoods is the attraction of people food, Fox says. “This means they can live off their natural prey (smaller mammals like rabbits, squirrels, and even deer fawn, as well as insects, fruits, birds, amphibians, and reptiles), but they can also do fine preying on domestic pets and small livestock, human refuse, and agricultural crops,” she says. “Coyotes are found pretty much everywhere now, including urban centers,” says Dr. Shari Rodriguez, assistant professor of human dimensions of wildlife at Clemson University, noting that she has seen “an incredible photo of a coyote that got onto a subway car in Portland and curled up and went to sleep on a seat.”, “As we increase human populations and develop formerly green space, wild areas, we are coming face to face with more wildlife, like coyotes,” explains Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, an organization that strives to foster coexistence between people and wildlife. Once they moved in we stopped ever losing chickens to coyotes. If a coyote is an animal and animals lack the ability to reason than you can not reason with a coyote. 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. We supposedly have them in our area off Rondeau Bay in southern Ontario. It’s enough to make you crazy. If they had a den nearby, it’s been moved – too many humans. Use noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, bells, or soda cans filled with pennies. Thanks again for writing your story. Experts say the best way to deal with a coyote attack is to make sure it … She jumped in the middle of a couple of coyotes, she is super protective. Just last week, we had a neighbor lose a cow from this. As soon as he quieted down we went inside and I checked him over. The coyote just pauses for a moment, then moves on. 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