Photo courtesy of Beth Savidge
Coyotes are common throughout North America. In Davis it's common to see coyotes near urban/ agriculture interfaces. You may see and hear them more during their mating season (December-February) and when juveniles are dispersing from family groups (September-November). The following facts and safety tips will help increase comfort and decrease conflicts when living near America’s native “Song Dog”.
- DON’T FEED COYOTES. Their life and your safety depend on coyotes remaining wild and naturally wary of people.
- Remove attractants; pick up trash, secure garbage, and feed pets inside. Don’t leave food or pets outside at night. Coyotes can capture and eat small pets
- Walk dogs on leashes, especially during pup rearing season (April-August). Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote and don’t let pets roam.
- If approached, don’t run. Wave arms, make noise and walk toward the coyote until he retreats. Be “Big, Bad and Loud.”
- Avoid areas where coyotes may be denning or feeding/hiding pups.
- Appreciate coyotes from a distance.
- Share this information with family and friends.