Coyote Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Coyote FAQ

When are coyotes most active?
What do coyotes eat?
What is the difference between a coyote and a dog?
What should I do if I see a coyote?

 

When are coyotes most active?

Coyotes are not strictly nocturnal. They may be observed during the day, but are generally more active after sunset and at night. You may see and hear coyotes more during mating season (January - March) and when the young are dispersing from family groups (October - January). 

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What do coyotes eat?

Coyotes eat what is prevalent and easy to find, shifting their diet to what is seasonally or locally available, including rodents, birds, vegetation, and insects. Like birds of prey, coyotes help to control the population of rodents in the City.

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What is the difference between a coyote and a dog?

Coyotes are canines, which means that they are genetically related to wolves and domesticated dogs. In general, coyotes appear "sleeker" than domesticated dogs, with a flatter forehead and a more pointed snout. Coyotes appear to have longer legs than domesticated dogs, while dogs appear to have deeper chests. Also, they have very different tracks. Coyote tracks are more elongated, and they place their front and back paws in alignment when they walk.

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What should I do if I see a coyote?

Don't be alarmed if you see a coyote in the wild, but do be alert.

  • Appreciate Coyotes From A Distance. Stay at least 150 feet (45 meters) or more from the animal.
  • Keep Coyotes Wary. If you are approached, make yourself look bigger by putting your arms up,, and make loud noises until the coyote retreats.
  • Supervise Pets. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for safety.
  • Do Not Feed Coyotes. Keeping coyotes wild is the key to coexistence. Their life and your safety depend upon coyotes remaining naturally wary of people.