Coyotes aren’t just a rural problem — people and pets can encounter them in urban settings too.
With that in mind, here are 10 tips experts have if you encounter one:
▪ Keep your distance.
▪ Back away slowly while yelling and waving your arms. Throwing rocks and sticks might be effective. But don’t run.
▪ Call 911 only if your life is in danger or you are being threatened by coyotes or other animals.
▪ Keep dogs on leashes when walking them, as coyotes are much less likely to approach if a person is nearby.
▪ Look around your backyard for the animals before you let the dogs out.
▪ Never feed coyotes.
▪ Store trash in covered, heavy-duty animal-proof containers.
▪ Fence off outside animal enclosures and include a top.
▪ Don’t leave pet food and water out at night.
▪ Make sure pets’ rabies vaccination are up to date. If they come into contact with a wild animal the vaccination will save its life.