Be An Ambassador for Proper Stewardship of Our Urban Coyotes


You’ll see coyotes on trails in parks and sometimes even on sidewalks in neighborhoods. These are normal urban coyote behaviors and don’t mean the coyote is sick or out to get you.

Guidelines are really simple: just keep your distance and move away, and KEEP MOVING AWAY from the coyote, especially if you have a dog (which more often than not needs to be leashed), but even if you don’t have a dog. Please don’t feed or try to befriend or try to interact with them.

These guidelines are not simply for your own safety — though they are for that too — they are also for the well-being and healthy stewardship of our urban coyotes who otherwise could be (and have been) turned into “stray dogs” who hang around, beg, and chase cars. They need to be kept and valued as the wild and wily critters they were born to be.

Note that too much human “love” is just as harmful to their well-being as a human culture of fear. In some pockets of San Francisco, the pendulum has swung from fear to too much love for coyotes, usually through feeding, coupled with befriending, trying to get near, attempting to communicate, or even prolonged mutual visual contact. This human behavior, over time, can ATTRACT coyotes and break down existing natural and healthy safety barriers, causing a coyote to hang around listlessly, chase cars, approach, and beg — instead of hunt.  It’s best to, ”love their wildness at a distance and maybe just out of the corner of your eye”.

Please be an ambassador for our urban coyotes and invite others into the fold. For further explanations about how human misguided friendliness can impact coyotes negatively, please see: Food: The Behavior Shaper, and  Demand Behavior.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MelindaH.
    Jan 20, 2020 @ 22:25:16

    Well said. Thank you!

    Reply

  2. Amber Galstad
    Jun 12, 2021 @ 09:32:22

    We have heard one just crying and braking late at night and around 4am it’s painful to hear first I thought it lost it baby or got lost then I was thinking the pack would of heard it then I read this about being kicked out of pack iv been hearing more and more of him/ her yelping or barking I feel just so bad and sad for it ? Will it go on like this forever? Do they find other mates his / her heart is just broken and it brakes mine to listen to it what do I do if anything I live in holmen wisconsin in the country please let me know thank you for your time

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    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 14:35:44

      Hi Amber — It sounds more like a pup who might have lost its mother, or a coyote who has been pursued by a dog. It’s hard to tell. For us humans, we have to let nature do its thing, however, we need to control what we can: ourselves and our dogs, and let the coyotes be who they are without interference. I hope the distressed coyote is okay. :(( Thank you for sharing! Warmly! Janet

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