How scary! Predatory (the coyote directly and aggressively pursued and bit the victim) We classified 37% of attacks as Predatory, 22% as Investigative, 7% as Rabid, 6% as Pet-related, and 4% as Defensive (the other 24% could not be classified due to a lack of details). Caught sight of this article and wanted to add. I never let him out at night after that unless I was standing guard at the patio door and the spotlight was on. Smaller than wolves, with a slender build and distinctive call, coyotes have adapted to suburban living. There have been a small number of attacks on people in the U.S. and Canada, with most of the attacks involving small children under 5 years of age. In September 2012, I made a huge mistake and Rodrigo paid the price.  I woke up early in the morning and let Rodrigo out in the yard (not the fenced dog yard) to pee.  He caught a scent and took off and I took off after him.  Rodrigo is a lot faster than I am and as I was running towards the wooded area that surrounds our property, I heard growling and then fighting and I knew he found a coyote. “You should use a 6-foot leash, not a retractable leash,” recommends Dr. Kate Magers, a veterinarian at Pennfield Animal Hospital in Missouri. Coyotes are naturally afraid of humans:  Just because they have a natural fear of us doesn't mean that we're safe from them, so I don't approach them, I don't feed them, and I don't allow our dogs approach them. Mating season:  Coyotes are most protective of their packs, den and territory during mating season, which is January through March, and when they have pups, which is May and June. And coyotes do routinely go after cats and smaller dogs. At the time of Rodrigo’s run-in with the coyote, he as protected by a rabies vaccination.  Rodrigo was two years old and I was still doing annual vaccinations.  However, this experience taught me that in Washington, our coyote population doesn’t carry rabies.  I’ve confirmed this with several local veterinarians.  But, side note, there is a population that does carry rabies – bats.  I learned recently that bats can transmit rabies without biting – they just express it into the air or something.  That freaked me out although we have screens on our windows and have never had a bat flying around our home.  So, I did a little research to learn that “bats contract rabies far less than other animals. “I like to think of it this way: A coyote is just being a coyote,” she says. While coyotes can pose a threat to pets, it’s important for people to recognize the fact that these animals are native to North America and a very crucial part of the country, Fox says. The coyotes leave us alone too. People see them in their yards not too often, but often enough that it’s a cause for concern. Over the past 10 years, we’ve only had a few negative experiences with coyotes and, thankfully, none of my dogs were seriously injured.  The experiences did teach me to take coyote sightings seriously.  While I love animals, I will love wild animals from a distance. They go for small dogs, cats, and birds from the nearby lake. I’ve often heard them at night, but never saw one SO close! Rodrigo is doing great. Big dogs (rottweiler, german shepherd, bull dogs, Akitas) have less of a concern but even then you should have 2 or more big breeds that become their own pack and that stay in shape and are active in their outdoor surroundings (roam with you in their immediate area making the territory and are comfortable with you in this area) These dogs are the best defense against any small predators like coyotes and Bobcats. I am so happy your dogs all made it out alive. I hope rodrigo makes a full recovery from this attack and everyone (2 and 4 legged) stays safe. In my research it just seems there’s no standard personality traits. Dogs are lured out and then mobbed and KILLED. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  For more details, visit the Affiliate Disclosure page. I met Ishtar flying towards me and we both beat a hasty retreat. A few seconds later, Rodrigo was running towards me, covered in blood due to a bite on the nose. That is scary. There’s been a couple occasions where the coyote has run ahead of us for several blocks. Absolutely! Copyright© 2011-2020 Kimberly Gauthier.  Articles may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent of Kimberly Gauthier [that’s me!]. They used to come on to our property and hang out. My wife and I were camping off-season, in Southern Oregon. I’m sorry about your run-in and hope your additional precautions help keep them away. I knew they were seen in parts of where I live but It was early and I was tired and I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been…I never put him on a leash to go out before…that changes now…and I always watch him with the flashlight but I heard something behind me and turned to see what it was and then I heard him scream. by Kimberly | Jan 30, 2020 | Raising Dogs | 56 comments. We’re so happy too; gosh this could have gone totally wrong. In 2018, the app recorded 135 cat deaths by coyote attack, and 58 dog deaths. Coyotes never should be a problem if you understand the nature of predators and chose the right pets for your environment. Last year, when Blue was still alive, a coyote followed us on a walk at dusk, cut across our path and then watched us. It’s enough to make you crazy. The coyotes were working in a group to defend the one being chased by YOUR dog. Will a coyote attack a large breed dog? “Carry a headlamp or flashlight when walking your dog at night,” she says. I love living in our rural area, but I won’t take it for granted any more. It donsnt have to be night or evening. Coyotes weigh between 25 and 35 pounds and simply don’t have the strength or the courage to take down a full-grown person. Once they moved in we stopped ever losing chickens to coyotes. When the eagle swooped down, one of the big dogs knocked it away.  When I read that coyotes can't tell the difference between their natural prey and pets; that made sense to me as well. They stalked my dog by one coming from the left and one from the right while he was playing with his deflated soccer ball, not noticing them. Keeping My Dogs Calm and Happy When I'm Grieving, Podcasts that are Perfect for Crazy Dog Moms, Trying to Figure Out My Curly Hair Routine, Keep the Tail Wagging is Now a Lifestyle Blog #DogMomStyle. Take care. Is the Embark Vet Breed Identification Kit Worth It? In fact, Coyotes often use niceness as a strategy to earn trust before going for the attack when your guard is down or to bring a dog back to their den where there are more coyotes. Oh yes, I’ve heard them crying, they sound like Hyaenas…sends creeps up my spine. Coyote Attacks on Pets A coyote’s preferred prey is small mammals including rats, mice, rabbits, and squirrels. I’m happy that your cat lived to meow another day. The vet says he’ll be fine though. Only about 15 yard away and creeping closer on their toes. When the coyotes came at Annie, she was right next to the tent where my wife was sleeping, and she takes her role as guard dog deadly serious.I have nothing against coyotes, but I am fairly certain Annie does! Odia, the dog I had at that time who had lived feral the first six months of her life, was running around near us. I kept reminding myself of that, because Rigo could have came across a family or a pair. Keep eye contact. I watch my dogs closely at night. Bite wounds can also become infected and abscess easily, so you could get some advice from your Vet on that as well. I have seen a bobcat though, and I wouldn’t want my dogs to come in contact with one of those either. Just last week, we had a neighbor lose a cow from this. Thanks for the comment!!! It was scary. Small pets of any type should never not be carefully watched. Puppy season should be coming up so we have to keep our dogs safe. We see coyotes all the time. They watch us from a distance and never approach us (by “us” I mean me and my dogs).  My dogs don’t have a solid recall, so I don’t take them to the woods for off-leash walks.  The last thing I need is for them to catch the scent or see a coyote, deer, skunk or rabbit and take off.  Rodrigo took off after a coyote once and the memory still shakes me up. Coyotes look like small dogs: I had been living in Marysville for a couple of years before I could accurately identify a coyote … “We encourage people to not intentionally or unintentionally feed animals if they are trying to deter them from their yards and neighborhoods.”. News headlines have highlighted the tragedy that can unfold if a hungry coyote crosses paths with a small, unattended pet. Reassuringly, coyote attacks on humans are very rare. Remove any kind of attractants around the exterior of you house: Attractants for coyotes include compost, dirty grills, and birdseed, Fox says. I know it's tempting to think that this will never happen, but our experiences with coyotes were terrifying for me.  I was already stressed and worried about my dogs, I didn’t want to be worried about vet bills too. And, finally, all of my dogs are covered by pet insurance. And this is ultimately why we are hearing more about their growing urban presence today. She jumped in the middle of a couple of coyotes, she is super protective. Oh so glad your do is ok. We have coyotes here as well in Michigan. We people may be the most powerful, most intelligent and most destructive animal on the planet but all other animals server a purpose. Coyotes are very smart and they will come fairly close if you are unarmed, but disappear before cowboys riding out checking on cattle or near their vehicles can draw a rifle. While coyotes once lived on untouched lands, the species has spread into heavily populated areas. Lots of Michigan farmers own donkeys because of this. (9 to 23 kg)! I haven’t seen them here, but neighbors have. The truth is, coyote hunts alone and in pack both and that totally depends upon the size of prey. Creating an Unwelcome Environment for Coyotes Make your environment inhospitable for coyotes. Ahhhh, nature. Because coyotes view outdoor cats and small, unleashed dogs as a potential food source, people should keep their pets inside, leashed or inside a dog-proof fence. Lucky, lived up to his name once again, bolted right onto the porch and wouldn’t stop screaming for several long minutes while I cried and felt utterly helpless. Too often I hear people talk or post about the wild animals coming into our neighborhood or into the city itself. If you see a coyote near your home, don’t ignore it. Fortunately coyotes aren't typically known to attack people and larger dogs, though it certainly has and does occur (adults and small children). … And your right, the stories are all over the place. Due to the personal nature of my blog, I do not accept guest posts nor do I participate in link exchanges, paid or otherwise. I thought it was a mountain lion (it sure sounded like one) and, without even thinking, I grabbed a broom and screamed “NO” and tore out of the house like a banshee. OMG that is so frightening. Coyote attacks on people are extremely rare. It is pretty frightening when you think about it. Anyway, Rodrigo’s run-in with coyotes was a reminder that coyotes are predators and although I have big dogs, they aren’t 100% safe from an attack. I’ve warned all my neighbors with pets and/or kids. Keep the Tail Wagging® is a personal blog and a minority/woman-owned business.  I, Kimberly Gauthier (owner), am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. I went out and yelled and ran towards it and it ran away. I know you went through a lot of anxiety at first, and a lot of research afterwards to create this excellent article. There's a lot of information online about coyotes and if you plan to do some research, I suggest avoiding forums or question/answer sites. We keep the shotgun handy, but haven’t seen another.  But Rodrigo’s experience taught me not to get comfortable.  What’s even scarier is that a couple of years ago, we had juvenile coyotes (three of them) coming up to the dogs’ yard daily when we were at work (our neighbor warned us).  We think they were trying to pretend like they were friendly so they could lure one or more of our dogs away. “It does happen from time to time, but it’s not all that common,” she explains. 2 Ways to Make the Best Out of Your Black Friday Shopping. I hope he recovers well from his experiences. When returning to the car after hiking one time it was getting dark so we stopped to watch the lights in the city come on. Make loud noises, but DO NOT turn and run away, the animal may view it as an opportunity to chase.  I've read that they have the ability to make noise as if they're a large pack through their vocal cords. 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