Holy Coyote !

Does anyone have coyotes close to their house?

There has been a lot of construction in our area, so
all of the animals have been on the move..
The coyotes have settled in the lot across the street
from us and have taken up residence in the lot behind

Any suggestions to keep them at bay, or discourage them
from moving in closer would be appreciated.
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Call the DNR, they should be able to help you, and possibly even relocate them.

My neighbor, was seeing a single one, (different from your circumstances) during the day that was coming in too close. His solution was a gun, thinking it might have rabies because of its unnatural behavior. Good luck.
Yep, around here the solution is a shotgun. LOL
People hunt them to keep the population down, sounds like that needs to happen there too.
Usually they will stay away if you have lights...
My suggestion is either sensor lights to discourage them or call animal control. They usually don't come too close as they are scared of people.
I encountered two of them one evening when I let me dogs out at my old house. I didn't turn the back light on when I let them out. All of a sudden they were going ballistic. I turned on the light and saw two coyotes standing on the other side of the 4 ft high wire fence. I called the dogs.. Harley hesitated but came running. Peanut, my Toy Poodle stayed there and tried to be scary ...lol He finally came running. When I took my flashlight and pointed it toward them they took off really quickly. It was quite scary because they could have easily hopped the fence. We were at the top of a very steep hill... I had never seen them there before but I guess they were hungry and there was a very high rat population in the area. Good Luck!

People I kinda know use dog hair and spread it around the vicinty of the property...they live in the country, they say if they smell other canine they are afraid and stay away. Coyotes are not usually a problem unless they are starving...keep the garbage in the garage and the cats in at night. We have them near our house but rarely do we see them in the daytime. We hear them at night tho, "talking" to each other.

There was one not that long ago that got trapped in the one college downtown...that is extremely rare. In Calgary, they did have to shot one because it was attacking people/kids in a nearby playground...it was protecting its den...a result of building into their territory.

Where I live in the city we seem to see alot of wild rabbit, and my cats will catch mice...so the coyotes should have plenty to eat, and the river/stream is in their territory we don't hear of them being a nusience.
I think you should call the construction company and see if they can do anything about it.
I had friends who were moving into a new planned community last year (in the middle of San Diego, so not exactly a rural setting, but it was near a canyon) and the construction site was having coyote problems and I know that once my friends were visiting their site and they were actually chased by coyotes down a hill--very scary.
Coyotes should generally not be too big of a problem with bigger dogs around or if they aren't starving. They tend to knock over trash cans and that sort of thing.
Another friend's mom (this is a very hoity toity mom) was in her bathrobe one morning and all of a sudden heard her shi tzu outside making a ton of noise and the mom runs outside and sees that her dog has been scooped up by the coyote so she starts yelling and screaming and chasing after this coyote with the dog hanging out of its mouth. I guess the coyote was scared enough and dropped the dog--he was fine, just a little shaken up...Such a funny image, knowing this woman, and picturing her running down the street in her bathrobe chasing a coyote with her dog in its mouth!

In my area...coyote's are often seen walking down the street or in parks at dusk. Ummm no I don't live in the middle of nowhere either...but a major metropolitan city of over 2 million.

Vancouver is surrounded by beautiful moutains and sadly because of human encroachment on their territory, coyote's have adapted to living in parks and forest in and around the city.

All our dog parks (the closest one 3 blocks away from me have warning signs) They are generally shy animals and keep to their dens in the day time but will go hunting at night. Generally they will work together to catch prey. In fact, female coyote's in heat are known to have a dog chase them only to find it'self being attacked by the rest of the pack away from civilization. However, I'm not sure how often this occurs.

When I was the steward of the dog park close to my home I was taken on a tour with the parks board people so as I could explain to other visitors to the dog park. I was told that 99% of the time when you view a coyote in front of you...chances are there was one behind you stalking you. I always warned people with small dogs not to walk the trails at DUSK but stay in the open area.

Don't be scared!! They will not attack you! Although small dogs and cats are seen as food to them. They often will appear infront of the dog..while another stalks from behind. The dog will then sense what's behind him and turn his head...exposing his jugular to the one in front. They will not endanger themselves however to injury and will never attack a large dog.

Aprox 2 years ago, a construction crew came apon a coyote den and found numerous cat collars. That particular area had over 200 cats missing in a six month period. The mystery of the missing cats was solved.

With all that said...I'm against shooting them or harming them but live in peaceful co-habitation with them. I always take my dogs in the deep woods for walks and never fear for my safety. They won't attack or show their presence in the day time, they won't attack large dogs, they won't attack humans.

They will attack a small dog at dusk, but will back off if a human picks up the pup. The Human should make themselves appear large and yell.

I feel sorry for the coyote's that have been uprooted from the territory they have lived in for generations. Their natural prey - the rabbit usually is uprooted too and seeks other areas to live. The coyote's often have young that need feeding and so the die is cast. Hopefully, this story will have a good ending and the coyote's will move on and find another area that hopefully isn't affected by man.

On another note...and this is really unusual...my mom lives in the heart of the city - a Huge Major urban area. She has three tall trees in her backyard and unbelievably 2 mating eagels made a nest in the tree. Newspaper people came around and hundred of people took pics of these beautiful majestic birds roosting in her tree.

There is a park one block away from her place. One afternoon a young woman set down her little pup and the eagel snatched it up before she realized what happened.

I was horrified to hear about it as were others. Then again, I hide my eyes at those nature shows which show that kind of stuff. Hard to see, difficult to hear about..
Unfortunately, I don't have any good suggestions for keeping the coyotes away. We have a pack near us and they love to sing - usually about 2am! Of course our dogs like to join in the chorus, and have often indicated that they would like to go out and play with their cousins. (this is definitley NOT happening)

Last year, while I was working in the garden a coyote came trotting up our driveway. Baxter (our then two year old, 98 pound sheepdog) heard him and quickly put himself between me and the coyote - the coyote was about 25 feet away. They looked at each other for a couple of very long minutes - as I was praying heavily that nothing would happen. The coyote then quietly went on his way to the woods behind us and Baxter came over to give me a kiss as though nothing was wrong. The coyote and Baxter must have come to some sort of agreement since I haven't seen them that close to the house since then.

Jennifer, Baxter, Cassiopia and Sharkey
I live in an area heavily populated by coyotes. Your local hunter is your best friend. The smell of your dogs may keep them away from your property, they are not confrontational by nature but can be very dangerous. Especially when they feel "cornered". You also need to be concerned about rabies. The above suggestions are good ones. We have flood lights with sensors. Also, make sure your garbage is stored tightly closed. I don't have any guns in the house but do have an air horn to scare off bears and coyotes.
I wish I could figure out how to keep the racoons and skunks away... they have been ripping open the garbage every day, and if the dogs hear them on the deck, they bark, it scares the skunk, and the skunk sprays....
I don't have any raccoon proof bins to put the garbage bags in, that's on the list...lol... for now all I can do is clean up the mess all over the deck every morning and hope they don't get into it the next night. By garbage day I've re bagged the same two or three bags at least 3 or 4 times. 8O
We also have them on the west coast of Florida. It used to be the "urban legend" around here, but not any longer. Many cats have gone missing arounf here....
The above from me, Sandy Sheepie.
Willowsprite wrote:
I wish I could figure out how to keep the racoons and skunks away... they have been ripping open the garbage every day, and if the dogs hear them on the deck, they bark, it scares the skunk, and the skunk sprays....
I don't have any raccoon proof bins to put the garbage bags in, that's on the list...lol... for now all I can do is clean up the mess all over the deck every morning and hope they don't get into it the next night. By garbage day I've re bagged the same two or three bags at least 3 or 4 times. 8O

Keep your garbage in the garage, or use the ones with snap tight lids. Rubbermaid is the type we have and I have a hard time opening them I am sure a raccon won't be able to pull them off. They have big black handles the fold over the lid and snap down. Build a wooden box and padlock the lid down.
Now if we could only get the coyote to go visit the folks with the skunks and raccoons! Problem solved.

One solution for the skunks is a product called Shake Away. It's dried fox urine. Sprinkle it around where the skunk patrols. A friend is using it to chase the mice out of her house. She can't smell the urine, but her Pyrs sure want to know who is in the pantry.

Ace Hardware sells it, unfortunately, we don't have an Ace. It's also available over the web.

Coyotes, yes we have them, but then we also have Great Pyrs......perfect defense, that's what Pyrs were bred to run off.
Thanks for all the advise on the coyote situation,
The bright lights and loud noises are helping to
keep them away from close to the house and stable.

I'm checking with the Ma Wildlife office for their
options as well.

Thanks again!

I have to respectfully disagree with the person who said coyotes never attack large dogs or come out during the day. Our neighbour has lost three small dogs to coyotes during the last two weeks and every attack was in the middle of the day, bright sunshine. Also, our neighbour down the street lost his yellow lab last month, a big dog. Coyotes will take down deer, so a large dog, particularly if it will chase the bait coyote in a wooded area, is at risk. Loud noisemakers are a must if you are in coyote country with any dog.
I don't have any advice, but you've already gotten lots of good stuff here. The poster who mentioned the eagle reminded me of an experience I had with my first sheepie.

We lived in a small town in northern British Columbia, so I got to see all kinds of wildlife as we were surrounded by mountains and forests and the town was very long and skinny. Basically, it was a few blocks wide and a few kilometers long (followed the highway). Anyway, one day I came home from school and let my dog, BRANDON, out in our fenced backyard. I went to take something off the stove and when I opened the door to let him back in there was a beautiful bald eagle sitting on our fence looking at him. He was sitting quietly in his spot, head cocked, looking back at the eagle. It was almost a Disney moment - not quite real.

I stared for a few moments, and then made some noise and the eagle flew away (he was gorgeous). BRANDON was 110 pounds at that time, so there was no way the eagle could have taken him away, but I am sure there was quite a bit of thinking going on in both those heads when I walked out.

I can just imagine BRANDON thinking, "What a funny looking dog that is, and why's he up on the fence? I bet he'd be fun to play with."

And the eagle thinking, "Man, that would make one great meal, but is it really worth the hernia?"

Anyway, a happy ending for all.
I agree with Guest above, coyotes will take down big dogs. Coyote packs are formidal foes. When in AZ they warned people not to let their dogs off leash in the urban wild areas within Phoenix as well as traditional suburban and rural areas. A coyote packs separate a family dog from it's owners and then runs it to death. If the dog tries to circle back to its owners, the pack keeps turning it.

Neighbors have warned me to avoid walking my favorite path along the irrigation ditches because a coyote pack has moved in closer and is getting aggressive to people with dogs as well as people alone. Hopefully the authorities will clean this problem up soon. The pack has been around for years but stayed away from people.
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