The Urban Coyote
Urban Coyotes are closer and bolder than you might think.
I live in a suburb of Los Angeles County, not close to any wilderness or hillsides, but the coyotes are increasingly showing up in my neighborhood. It used to be that they would sneak out at night and a sighting would be rare, but frequently now, a lone coyote or sometimes a pack of 2 or 3 are being spotted casually walking down a residential street late into the morning.
These are known as “urban coyotes” and they are more confident than their rural counterparts and becoming much less nervous around people. While a coyote attack on a human is very rare, this is putting domestic pets at much greater risk.
The hungry and very thirsty coyotes are boldly trespassing into backyards and very little can keep them out. Coyotes can easily jump over a 5-foot fence and they have been seen scaling a fence as high as 14 feet. So, a property barrier designed to keep the family dog safe from getting out and lost, will not prevent a determined coyote from getting in!
Coyotes are extremely efficient hunters, and opportunists. If there is a cat in their sights, unless that feline has extra special street-smarts, there is a very good chance they will catch it. Just a few months ago, my local Neighborhood Watch group posted a warning “Just saw a coyote walking down the street with a cat in its mouth.” In 2004 my next-door-neighbor’s beautiful fluffy Persian cat was left outside and the next day, there was nothing left but a big bushy tail at the base of a tree in her front yard. She couldn’t climb the tree fast enough to escape!
This amazing video was posted online a few years ago, and it illustrates the speed and cunning of a determined coyote. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. COYOTE GRABS DOG
A friend of mine, Lyn who was at home one day and just happened to step out into her back yard where she saw her little terrier mix dog, surrounded by three coyotes! Lyn literally hurled herself forward into the air and saved her dog, injuring her own leg in the fall, but she successfully saved little Sparky.
It seems that city planners and wildlife experts do not yet have any ideas or solutions for peaceful coexistence between our species, and it’s a problem that is only going to get worse.
In the meantime, one preventive measure a homeowner can make is to install a COYOTE ROLLER on all surrounding fencing. This is a four foot, aluminum, extruded, ribbed roller designed to prevent animals from getting the foothold they need to climb over the fence. Here is how it works.
So please keep cats inside at all times, especially at night, be vigilant when walking your dogs, and don’t leave your family pets outside unattended.
We’ve encroached so much on the wild coyote’s territory and now they’re here and they are not afraid.
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