Coyotes, we love them even though they are basically killing machines.

Native Americans consider them to be the smartest animal on earth, calling them "God’s dog", according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Just like my toddler coyotes are opportunists. Unlike my toddler however, coyotes will eat pretty much anything.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife has generously provided some tips on how to safely co-exist with these historic animals:

Your Home & Coyotes:

  • Never Feed Coyotes!
  • Remove attractants from your yard, including pet food, water sources, bird feeders, and fallen fruit.
  • Secure trash in a container with a locking lid or put trash out on the morning of pick up.
  • Deter coyotes with a 6 foot privacy fence.
  • Never approach wildlife. If a coyote approaches, yell, throw rocks or sticks at it, spray with a hose, or bang pots and pans.

If a Coyote Approaches You:

  • Do not run or turn your back
  • Be as big and loud as possible
  • Wave your arms and throw objects
  • Face the coyote and back away slowly
  • If attacked, fight back

Protect Your Pets:

  • Keep pets on a short (6-foot) leash
  • Use extra caution dusk through dawn
  • Avoid known or potential den sites and thick vegetation
  • Do not allow dogs to play or interact with coyote
  • Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.
  • Alw​ays supervise your pet when outside, especially at dawn or dusk.
  • Neve​r leave cats or dogs outside after dark.
  • Don't leave pet food outside.
  • If you must leave your pet outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel.​

Be Prepared!

If you have concerns about an encounter with a coyote:

  • Recreate during daylight hours.
  • Walk with a walking stick.
  • Keep a deterrent spray handy.
  • Carry noise makers or rocks to throw.

If a Coyote Approaches You:

  • Do not run or turn your back
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