Transfixed By Dogs Before Fleeing From Them

Coyotes are fascinated by dogs. But watching isn’t all about entertainment. Coyotes are aware of every single dog that regularly passes through their territory. By watching them, coyotes get a good sense of which dogs might be dangerous to them. In addition to the several unleashed dogs which regularly have chased them, coyotes are aware of which dogs eye them antagonistically and of those leashed dogs that lunge towards them, conveying that they would like to give chase. As dogs and walkers get closer, coyotes will flee. I’ve noticed that the distance when coyotes will start to flee is related to how antagonistic the dog and owner have shown themselves to be in the past, as well as if the dog is an “unknown.”

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