Coyotes are native to the western United States and Canada and are commonly seen in Cordillera. Coyotes are very territorial and may chase or kill other canines, including domestic dogs and fox. Coyotes are capable of hunting alone or in a group. They readily lose their natural cautiousness around people.

Coyotes weigh anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds and average 37 inches long and 18 inches high. Coats tend to be rust colored, with some gray, yellow or white. Coyotes, like wolves, are known for their howling, which is a form of communication.

coyote-3512704_1920Preventing Negative Encounters

Human encounters with coyotes are rare, although there are documented cases of coyotes attacking people. Precautions to prevent negative encounters with coyotes are similar to precautions people should exercise with other wild animals and include:

  • Keep pets on leashes at all times. Pets running loose, even near your home, are prime targets for a pack of coyotes.
  • Do not feed pets outdoors.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.
  • Eliminate all human sources of food for coyotes, especially garbage. Exercise the same garbage precautions for coyotes as are in place for bears.

If you encounter coyotes:

  • Do not approach coyotes. They are wild animals, they are not pets.
  • Make noise or throw things. Do not allow them to feel comfortable around humans.

Please report negative encounters with wildlife to Cordillera Public Safety at 970-569-6261