How to Co-Exist with Coyotes in your City: Children and Teens
- Be vigilant and aware when outdoors, especially when you are with a pet. Keep an eye on your surroundings
- If you see a coyote, do not run. Stay calm and collected. If they approach, keep your eye on them and calmly walk away. If possible, find an adult and stay close to them.
- Love them at a distance. The best thing you can do to keep coyotes safe and happy is to leave them alone. It is not a good idea to follow them, get closer to take pictures of them, or feed them.
Keep your House and Yard Clean
Sometimes we feed coyotes by accident. Coyotes are generally scavengers and will take any opportunity for an easy meal. Here are some things that we feed coyotes without even knowing it:
Garbage – Keep a secure lid on all your garbage, and don’t litter
Compost or leaves – Keep compost covered and reduce food odours by adding newspaper
Pet food – Do not feed pets or store food outside
Tree fruit – Coyotes don’t mind a tasty fruity snack; pick your tree fruit before it falls
Rodents – Clean up anything – including spilled bird feeder seed – that attracts rodents to your yard. Rodents attract coyotes as they make up at least 75% of a coyote diet
If you notice that your neighbour is feeding coyotes by accident, have your parents speak to them.
Educate your Community
The best way to manage coyotes is with people power. The more people that are educated in your community, the safer it will be for everyone. Make sure you spread the word to never feed coyotes or other urban wildlife.
Feeding coyotes is bad for the health and safety of both coyote and community. When coyotes are fed, they lose their natural fear of people and may become aggressive. If a coyote becomes aggressive, it will have to be destroyed.
Janet Kessler, from San Francisco, has a fascinating blog – Coyote Yipps. Janet spends a lot of her time observing her local coyotes and has keen insights into their community.
The Urban Coyote Research Project, based in Cook County and in collaboration with the Ohio State University, has information on how urban coyote research is done, stories from the field, and general information about coyotes.
Coyote Watch Canada, a non-profit volunteer-run advocacy organzation, has this comprehensive page of FAQs.
The World of the Coyote, by Wayne Grady, is a beautiful book that looks at coyotes, their relationship to humans, and addresses problems in the sheep industry.