Keep coyotes away from you in the woods

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Fear of a coyote encounter should not stop you from enjoying outdoor recreational activities. Take these steps to reduce your risk of an unwanted encounter with a coyote.

  • Hike with friends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use a walking stick and carry a noisemaker such as a bell, a whistle, an air horn, or a personal alarm.
  • Do not feed animals in the woods or along trails.
  • Never discard food in the woods. Coyotes with access to human food or garbage lose their fear of people.
  • Always walk your dog on a leash. If your dog is attacked, never get between your pet and the coyote as the coyote may turn its aggression toward you.
  • If you see a coyote, do not approach it.

If a coyote approaches you, don't run; this can cause the coyote to chase you.

Back away from coyotes

If a coyote attacks you, fight back, shout, and throw stones; whatever is available to defend yourself.