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Coyotes

Coyotes

Canis latrans

Size: 40”-60” in length, 15”-20” in height, 15-45 lbs.
Color: tawny grey with dark areas or patterns. Backs of ears are yellowish, white throat and belly.
Legs: Four

Coyote Facts

Coyote can be found throughout North and Central America.Mating occurs between January and March and give birth to up to 19 pups. They will eat mainly small mammals like rabbits, squirrels, and mice. Birds and insects are occasionally parts of their diet. They are nocturnal, usually hunting only after dark and in the early morning hours. May carry diseases like distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, rabies, mange, and tularemia.

Coyote Nuisances & Diseases

Their constant yipping will become annoying to some people, and sometimes they’re just plain frightening to see. It’s possible for these animals to kill house cats and small dogs, as they will be seen as a source of food. Livestock, like chicken and sheep, are also at risk. When they’re not attacking pets or pastures, they’ll help themselves to fruits and vegetables in your garden to balance out their diet. On occasion, they have attacked people if they feel threatened. Ordinarily, however, they’re more afraid of us than we are of them. Coyotes diseases are one of the riskier issues surrounding this animal. They can affect dogs with distemper, a disease that will affect a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system if it is contracted. If you notice your dog sneezing, coughing, or being generally tired, see your vet immediately, as it may be fatal if left untreated. Parvovirus is a disease that affects the lymphatic system and gastrointestinal tract. Mange is a condition that causes deterioration of their coats. Hepatitis affects the liver, causing loss of appetite and energy loss. Tularemia can cause fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, red lesions, and possibly death. As for rabies, it can damage the nervous system and cause severe flu-like symptoms. If you develop any unusual symptoms after coming into contact with a coyote, seek immediate medical attention to ensure disease won’t spread.

Coyote Identification

The coyote commonly measures between 4 and 5 feet long, including their tails. Bodies are covered in grayish brown to yellowish gray fur with a black strip along their backs. Their undersides are white, as well as their feet. Tails have a black tip, and legs are reddish brown.

 

Coyotes In The Yard & The Garden

As adaptable animals, coyotes can live in many different environments. They love forests, grasslands, deserts, and swampy areas. They have grown accustomed to being around humans, so it is not uncommon for the to be seen in rural, urban, and suburban areas. They will run with their tails down, distinguishing them from wolves and dogs that run with their tails straight out. Coyotes will yip, yelp, how, growl, and bark. Their tracks are more elongated than those of dogs, and more uniform in shape.Their droppings are twisted and will contain hair or berries. You’ll find them on rocks, logs, or trails. The odor is not as strong as that of a dog.The bodies of prey will often be eaten clean, leaving bare bones and a carcass.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I keep coyotes away?

Remove any artificial food sources like garbage cans or dumpsters. Seal them with a tight lid or straps so they can’t get inside. Feed pets during the day and clean up any stray food that will attract the coyotes in the first place. Keeping bird feeders and areas around them clean, as coyotes will not only eat seed, but they will also eat animals that feed on those seeds like birds, mice, and squirrels. Always make sure you can see your pets, as they may be attacked by coyotes if they are left alone. The same goes for young children. If coyotes are in your yard, it helps to scare them away. Scream, shout and wave your hands to ward them off. Spray them with a hose, if necessary. Keeping your yard fenced in will keep them off your property, but make sure they are strong and deep.

Benefits of Professional Coyote Pest Control

A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a coyote problem. Finding and treating the coyotes can be challenging, especially if they are loose in your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the coyote nuisance.