Living with Coyotes

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Coyote howlingThe coyote is an intelligent predator that has adapted to living in close proximity to humans. They have adjusted to their shrinking habitat by living closer to humans in residential areas. Coyotes are prevalent in Summit County because populated areas directly and indirectly provide them with sufficient food, water, and shelter.

Although the coyote is an excellent hunter, feeding primarily on rats, mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, insects, and fruit, they will not hesitate to kill domestic animals such as cats and small dogs if given the opportunity. Coyotes have learned that domestic animals are easier to catch than wild prey and will prowl residential neighborhoods in search of unattended domestic animals.

House pets can be protected by limiting their time outdoors, concentrating their outdoor activity to fenced areas under direct supervision, and being put on a lead or leash when on a trail or anywhere outdoors that is not private property. In addition, homeowners should eliminate other sources of attraction to coyotes including pet food left outdoors, table scraps, and compost piles. Homeowners should be aware that coyotes are capable of climbing 8' fences or digging under them.

Nuisance coyotes can be harassed (known as hazing) with loud noises or spray from a garden hose to encourage them to avoid certain properties. For more detailed information about hazing click HERE.

If a Coyote Approaches You
Do not run or turn your back
Be as big and loud as possible
Wave your arms and throw objects
Face the coyote and back away slowly
If attacked, fight back

Protect Your Pets:
Keep pets on a short leash
Coyote on the roadUse extra caution dusk through dawn
Avoid known or potential den sites and thick vegetation
Do not allow dogs to interact with coyote
Be Prepared!

If You Have Concerns About an Encounter With A Coyote:
Recreate during daylight hours
Walk with a walking stick
Keep a deterrent spray handy
Carry noise makers or rocks to throw

Click HERE for more about Living with Coyotes from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.