Humans are known to love animals and pet them. Not all, but most of them. They do not hesitate to attempt to pet some of the wildest animals too. And due to the affection the animals receive from them, they tend to get accustomed and friendly toward humans. However, no matter how much we love animals, not all animals are worthy and safe to pet. One such animal has to be the coyotes.
Coyotes look pretty similar to foxes and are close relatives of the wolves, just way smaller than the wolf. It’s a canine similar to dogs but way too wary of humans compared to the dogs. Thus not easy to pet and shouldn’t be encouraged to pet too. However, if you offer them food and be a little affectionate, they might get used to you and be seen around your vicinity too often. However, the risk of them getting hostile to you remains. Do coyotes attack humans; hence the question naturally arises?
Do Coyotes Attack Humans?
There are hardly any fatal incidents where coyotes have attacked and gravely injured humans. So, coyotes attacking humans is not too common, but it’s not too unlikely too. The alarming information is that the number of coyote attacks is increasing, especially in California, Cook County, Chicago, and in different areas across the USA. The number might seem ignorable, but the increase can freak people out. A wild animal wary of humans might attack you. A coyote is wild and wary both, so the same applies to it.
Therefore, whenever you see a coyote, do not try to get closer to it because you never know how it will react the very next moment. It might immediately run away seeing you or might look at you without buzzing off. The moment you make a mistake like running away from it or showing your back to it, it will for sure attack you by following you till it reaches you.
It’s a common trick to get saved from an attacking canine, even in the case of dogs. If it’s running behind you, rather than getting scared and running away from it, stay in one place, fixed. The canine will react way gentler. In most cases, it will not even come close to you stopping right in the middle of its attacking mode and going back to its place or leaving entirely.
So, if you do not want to get attacked by a wild coyote, then if you see one, stay calm and do not attempt running. You will be more than safe, and in most cases, the coyote will run away.
Moreover, it’s not just about the attacks on humans by coyotes. More than the humans, it’s the pets that are at huge risk of getting into a conflict with a wild animal. It being a wild animal creates the fear of getting attacked by it or it attacking the pets. Even children might get picked by it without you even knowing.
So, even if it does no damage and just roams around, the discomfort is there. A coyote is a nuisance, no matter if it’s calm and has no intent to harm people.
When does a coyote attack a human the most?
It always happens while feeding a coyote. It is so common that it became a pattern. You are providing a coyote with food, and the next thing it does is attack you. You can intentionally feed a coyote by offering it food. And most of the time, you feed the coyotes unintentionally by placing a bin or throwing food at the wrong location.
When it notices food, it will come near it to feed itself. And if you try to get close to it, mildly trying to scare it to drive it away, it might not even care and consider you a threat or a hindrance to its enjoyment of the food. Hence the next thing it thinks to do is attack you.
Then if your dog gets a slight hint of a coyote roaming around with its sharp nose, it will, of course, go berserk to drive it away with its constant barking and might even get close to the coyote, causing a colossal dispute and fatal injuries. Either your dog will get injured as the coyote will be comparatively ferocious due to its wild nature, or you will end up getting hurt trying to save your dog.
So, if your vicinity attracts coyotes too often, be very careful with your food, food sources, even dirt bins, and bird feeders. It’s compulsory not just to remain cautious but also to take necessary steps to drive the coyote or coyotes away.
Why should you stay away from coyotes?
It’s always in the bites of a canine. Unvaccinated dogs and cats are dangerous as well in that case. One must stay steer clear of getting bitten by a canine. Because with its bite, you not only get injured, bloody and painful, but also can have rabies. Coyotes are known to contract rabies and other diseases like tularemia, canine hepatitis, canine distemper, toxoplasmosis, also, a few more infectious diseases.
Other than that, it carries several parasites like worms, mites, ticks, and all, creating an unhealthy environment all around. Initiatives are always taken to control rabies by orally vaccinating the wild animals, so even the wild coyotes might not contract rabies even if it bites you. However, who is ready to take the risk of getting bitten by a coyote, not a single person.
Then, a coyote might not be too dangerous for you as you can save yourself and take the necessary steps to protect yourself if attacked by one by any chance. But what about your pets and children? They are at high risk as they will not know how to save themselves from a coyote attack.
So, when we say stay away from coyotes and avoid trying to be friendly with them, we are dead serious. You being friendly with them might bring them near your house, behaving all mild and pleasing. But you being friendly with them doesn’t mean they have befriended your pets and children too. So, you are risking them without even realizing the grave consequences.
Why is a coyote a nuisance?
Coyotes are a nuisance because they are wild animals and can contract rabies. And frankly, more than a nuisance, the description screams danger. So, let’s get a little soft on it and say a coyote is a nuisance because it eats anything and everything. That means your food sources are at high risk when you have coyotes around. That one moment you forgot to close the door, your house is a mess with scattered food.
The trash bin, if once tracked by the coyote, will be a bigger mess. A stinky mess that you will have to clean. There will be stinky trash around the porch, yard, basically everywhere. Throwing the garbage in a bin and collecting it to get it back in the trash bin are two completely different things. If you ask us, we never prefer to face the latter, ever. So, if a coyote doesn’t seem a menace to you, it still remains a nuisance.
There is no way you can get any good from a coyote. So, try hard to haze it away immediately when you spot even one. Otherwise, soon you will face a pack, multiplying the risk.
How to drive away a coyote from your vicinity?
You have to be brave, loud and scary, borderline aggressive to shoo away a coyote. Otherwise, it will roam around your vicinity, maintaining the risk and fear. There is no alternative to yelling at a coyote loudly to send it away by scaring it.
If your scream fails to send it away, wave your hands, or show them a stick, basically act all aggressive so that it can see your vehement movements and screeches and understands it needs to stay away from your territory.
If nothing is working, you can collect small stones and throw them one by one targeting the coyote. Avoid using big stones because you do not need to injure them. The aim is to hit them a little so that they get scared. And leave the site at once and never return.
Some areas might have too many coyotes to drive them away with mere screams and pelting stones towards them. In those cases, you can keep pepper spray with you. Spray some directly whenever spotted. And the coyote will never return for sure.
Keep in mind that you have to continue working hard to drive it away unless the coyote has left your vicinity. If it’s going not far away and returning after a few minutes, it will soon get closer.
Scare it hard or the risk on you, your kids, and pets, especially the small ones, remains dangling on your head. Come to think of it, even the constant loud howling of a coyote can be annoying to live with. So, in every case, it needs to be driven away from your vicinity.
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As a parting note, we have to once again give heads up to you all animal lovers that loving animals doesn’t mean to pet and be close to each one of them. You can continue being kind and caring to animals by staying safe from the ones that are a risk to you and your family and pets. So, an attacking coyote or not, always stay away from it and try your best to drive them out and ensure safety all around.