Our continued destruction of habitat has forced coyotes and most other wildlife to become urban dwellers.
- Coyotes are masters of adaptation and only want to coexist.
- We need not fear them if we understand their natural behaviors and react appropriately when we see them.
- People in western America have been peacefully coexisting with coyotes for many decades.
Are Coyotes Dangerous? You decide.
- Coyote bites on humans: 14 per year average
- Dog bites on humans: 4.7 million per year
We must fulfill our role as the dominant species so coyotes maintain their natural fear of us. Frighten them by any humane means when they approach.
Will Coyotes Kill My Pet? Rarely.
- Coyotes normally hunt small rodents and other small mammals, therefore anything that looks or acts like a small animal can be at risk.
- Keep cats and small dogs protected on a leash or inside.
- Larger dogs can be at risk during coyote breeding season: January to March
Species Behavioral Facts:
- Passing within 30 feet of humans is not aggressiveness.
- A group of coyotes is usually a family, not a pack.
Is Trapping an Option? Only as a Last Resort.
- The vast majority of scientific studies conclude that trapping results in an overall increase in the population. The remaining members of the species competitively over breed to fill the gap created by trapping.
- Sick, injured, or aggressive coyotes should be trapped.
How to Peacefully Coexist:
- Frighten them; yell, wave your arms, squirt with hose.
- Never feed pets outside or leave them out after dark.
- Never allow small children to play outside unattended.
- Secure trash and compost to eliminate food sources.
- Proactively educate your neighborhood.
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AWARE is a non-profit organization of volunteers working to preserve and restore wildlife through education and wildlife rehabilitation.
AWARE accepts injured and orphaned wildlife every day of the year. The center is located approximately 30 minutes from Atlanta at 4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia, GA 30038.
Phone: (678) 418-1111