Coyote Pups are Now Two Months Old: What to Know If You Have a Dog, and What You Can Do [a reminder]

Two-month old coyote pup

We are smack-dab in the middle of pupping season: coyote pups are two months old now! Coyote parents will keep the youngsters hidden away if they can, and they will be very defensive towards any dogs and even people approaching their hideaways. These hideaways are frequently “moved” by coyote parents to keep the pups safe, which makes it hard often to know what areas for us to avoid, so you just have to be on the alert always for their presence and keep your dog well away from them. For a quick summary of what behaviors you can expect if you have a dog, and what you can do to avoid conflict, please click HERE.

Dad with three month old pup

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mark Warner
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 18:25:08

    Janet. You know of the new pups here?


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jun 08, 2020 @ 20:12:16

      Hi Mark —

      Thank you for writing! Yes, in fact, the “crop” of pups this year throughout SF is extensive. I’m trying to keep it under wraps as much as possible and for as long as possible: I don’t reveal or advertise locations. The new “advertisings” of their situations and/or locations is not going to help them. I fear more intrusions, approaching, feeding, none of which is going to help any pups remain wary, aloof and independent. It also increases the risk of a reaction from coyote parents (hissing, snarling, approaching dogs) who are already edgy with their family responsibilities. On top of this, coyotes have just shedded their very thick 3” winter coats and look like starvation victims — but THEY AREN’T — they are built like whippets — light, thin sinewy, lithe — so that they are springy and can move quickly. However, people see these scrawny beings and toss food at them — and it’s downhill from there. The old guidelines need to be re-stated and emphasized — the same guidelines we’ve always had: Don’t let cats roam free. Walk away from a coyote the minute you see one and keep walking away. Never feed. Never befriend or be friendly. Keep as great a distance as possible. These guidelines are not just for the safety of pets, but for the proper stewardship of our urban coyotes: we want them to remain wily and wild AS we keep our pets safe.

      Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


    • Jeannie Warner
      Jun 09, 2020 @ 01:15:07

      Thank you Janet. I know where they are where I live. Did not mention street on purpose. They need to be left alone.

    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jun 09, 2020 @ 05:16:19

      Hi Jeannie —

      Thank YOU for your comment, and thank you for being an ambassador for them: “it takes a village”! Please continue to be a protector for them. If anything worrisome comes up could you please keep me posted? Appreciatively! :)) Janet

    • Jeannie Warner
      Jun 09, 2020 @ 14:35:25

      I sure will.

    • Jeannie Warner
      Jun 09, 2020 @ 19:39:49

      One thing I was going to mention,is that someone has been lighting fireworks close to the area where they are.I know you can’t do anything about it,but just a heads up.

    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jun 09, 2020 @ 19:54:38

      Hi Jeannie — Thanks for letting me know. I know those fireworks sounds are extremely startling and piercing, and must indeed be bothersome to the coyotes. However, noise is of less concern to them than actual instrusions. Be that as it may, IF you happen to find out who is setting off those fireworks, you might ask them if they could please stop: that we have all sorts of wild animals around who are all raising their spring crop of youngsters. It probably wouldn’t make a difference — most people who set off fireworks don’t care about wildlife — but you could try???

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