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Posted on: March 21, 2022

Watch Out for Coyotes!

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.See information on coyote management from the Chicago Animal Care and Control Coyote Management and Coexistence Plan.

Coyotes pose a problem throughout the United States. These predatory animals have adapted to urban landscapes in addition to their native rural lands. They pose a danger not only to pets but also to humans. The first step in dealing with coyotes is being able to recognize them.Coyote (JPG)

Coyote Characteristics
The coyote is a member of the canidae (dog) family along with wolves, jackals, coyotes, foxes and domestics dogs. At first glance, a coyote might appear to be a dog, but upon closer examination, you’ll notice telltale characteristics that differ from dogs:

  • Long, lanky legs
  • Thick, bushy tails
  • Large, pointed ears
  • Long, pointed nose

While these characteristics are common in some dog breeds, they are exaggerated in coyotes. Their fur tends to be nondescript—in hues of brown and/or gray.

Coyote Safety
Since a coyote can make a four-foot horizontal jump, both you and your pets are in danger. It’s best to avoid areas where coyotes have been spotted.

Prevention

  • Never leave your pet unattended outdoors.
  • Walk your dog on a leash.
  • Practice situational awareness whenever you’re outside—be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Don’t leave food and water outside. That’s an open invitation to wildlife.

See information on coyote safety, including a link to coyote hazing recommendations from the United States Humane Society.

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