- Coyotes weigh between 20 – 45 pounds – they aren’t large animals.
- Coyotes are adaptable animals and can live just about anywhere. They are becoming increasingly dense in urban areas.
- Coyotes may live as solitary individuals, in pairs or in a small family or pack.
- Coyotes are crucial in the control of the rodent and small mammal populations.
- Coyotes are opportunistic and feed on a variety of small mammals, insects, fruit, seed, trash and carrion. They will choose the most accessible meal, which is why they are so often seen rummaging in garbage.
Coyotes usually avoid people, but may become fearless because of intentional or unintentional feeding. Coyotes must be encouraged to fear people.
Coyotes are drawn to neighborhoods for two primary reasons: human encroachment into coyote habitat and the availability of food, water and shelter.
Although primarily rodent/rabbit eaters and scavengers, coyotes may view livestock, cats and small dogs as prey, while larger dogs may be viewed as a threat, particularly during mating, breeding and dispersal seasons.
Please report sightings (location, time, number of animals, and apparent condition of the animal(s) to Animal Control.