The Purpose Of A Coyote’s Monitoring Some Dogs

So I was able to clearly see the reason why a particular coyote has felt a need to monitor groups of dogs. These dogs are walked unleashed and have chased the coyotes a number of times. The cause for monitoring is clearly revealed in the photos — mostly by the direction in which the coyote’s attention is riveted as seen by where she looked. The reason for the monitoring was to protect this little guy, a nine-month old, seen here in the first photo. On this particular day, this young fellow appeared on a path and watched the group of dogs and walkers approaching from the distance. It was the same group of dogs I spoke about in my previous posting yesterday: Purposeful Monitoring of Particular Dog Groups, posted on January 28th.

After figuring out that the dogs were coming its way, the fella took off up a hill. At that very same moment, down the hill ran his protector, his mother. She went over to a high ledge from where the path that the dogs were on could easily be seen. The mother coyote remained here, watching, as the group meandered around and finally left the area — she was making sure they didn’t come after her pup or her. She occasionally looked up the hill to where the pup was, and then she watched it as it headed “home.” This entire sequence can be seen very clearly in the photos I took this day.

The coyote’s watchfulness lasted about half an hour. After that she relaxed and even closed her eyes at times. She remained in the same spot until some people came too close for comfort. At that point she got up and trotted away. The coyotes in our parks have always kept their distance from people.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lesley Cobb
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 22:45:25


    I found your site today. I am desperately needing help. My brother left me with twenty sheep. They are now having lambs. I moved back to Arkansas to care for my parents. I also care for the sheep. The sheep are now having lambs. There were twin lambs born two days ago. Yesterday morning one was gone. There is a llama and a guardian dog on the property. The guardian dog was away from the barn from five until eight. The llama was there. There was no blood trace. It totally was gone. There are coyotes on this property. I even accused someone of taking one of the lambs. Would a coyote just carry one of with nothing left behind. I am putting up a fence today. Any suggestions are welcome. I have been told to shoot the coyotes. I love wildlife and all animals. I just don’t know what to do.

    Lesley Cobb


    • janet kessler
      Jan 30, 2010 @ 22:49:33

      Hi Lesley,

      I’m forwarding your email on to someone who can help you. My interest is in urban coyotes — there’s no livestock here. Your sheep need to be protected the same as your pets. The coyote is only following its own instincts to keep itself alive. I would think that you’ll need barriers — a fence, a well trained dog or something like that. Wolf urine has been used, but I don’ think that will be enough. Killing off any coyotes would not solve the problem in the long run.

      I really appreciate that you are trying to protect both domestic and wildlife in your area. Thank you for writing and please let me know how it turns out. Janet

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