What to Do if You See Coyotes While Walking Your Dog

Avoiding confrontations with coyotes.


Have you ever seen what you thought was a lost dog but, upon closer inspection, turned out to be a coyote? Coyotes are often encountered by those near wildlife reserves, forests, or farms—but that’s now changing.

Now more than ever, we must be aware of their increasing co-existence among humans in urban areas when walking alone or with our pets. However, it is important how we choose to coexist as coyotes are incredibly beneficial for our natural ecosystem. As omnivores, coyotes are our cities’ top predators, also known as “nature’s clean-up crew,” reducing the population of rodents and scavenging on dead animals.

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