Coyotes are actually considered canines, closely related to wolves. They weigh 15 to 50 pounds. Because of urban sprawl, coyotes can be found in towns, cities and subdivisions living in the shrubs, wood piles, parks and golf courses. Coyotes like to travel in packs, which helps in defending themselves. I live in a fairly rural area along the White River and we have had coyotes howling at our windows many nights.
Winter is officially upon us. That can mean more coyotes on the hunt. This time of year they are mating (usually in February) and the offspring from last year’s litter have left the nest and hunting on their own. Now you may be thinking I live in town so I don’t have to worry, that’s only a problem if you live in the rural areas. Because there is the urban sprawl in Indiana, the coyotes have also adapted and are quite comfortable in the cities and towns. They actually can thrive as well or better in the towns and cities because the food supply is more plentiful with food scraps, rodents, rabbits, and better yet, your dog or cat. That’s right, coyotes will grab your small dogs and cats for a nice meal.
- It is very important to never let your small dogs out by themselves to go potty.
- Keep your pet food in your garage and secured in trash cans or plastic storage bins with lids that are secure.
- Make sure your cats have a place to sleep at night where the coyotes can’t get.
- Approach wooded areas, parks and trails with caution this time of year.