Boondockers should be aware of coyote safety precautions.

When boondocking, the coyote is the most common predator you will come into contact with. Understanding some fundamental coyote behavior, as well as following a few safety precautions, should ensure that you have no trouble with these cunning canines.

Concerning the Coyote

Originally restricted to the western United States and the Great Plains region, the coyote has spread throughout North America and is now found in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Indeed, there are approximately 20 subspecies of coyotes, two of which dominate the landscapes of both Canada and the United States of America.

Coyotes from both the eastern and western hemispheres

The eastern and western coyotes are the two most common subspecies of coyote found in North America, with the eastern being the more common.

Located in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, the eastern coyote is a nocturnal predator. The ancestors of these coyotes originated on the Great Plains, and as they moved eastward, they interbred with wolves to form the current population. As a result, eastern coyotes are significantly larger than western coyotes, with some individuals reporting that they are twice the size of their western counterparts. However, they should not be referred to as “coywolves,” but rather as coyotes that have some wolf genetics. It is because of their size, combined with their wolf genes, that they are able to hunt deer.

The western coyote is the original wild canine of the American West; however, individuals may carry wolf and dog genes as well as coyote genes. Coyotes that boondockers are most likely to come across are the ones listed above (since most boondocking is west of the Rockies).

Coyotes are most active at night, but you shouldn’t be surprised if you see one at any time of day or night. Coyotes can exist as solitary animals or as part of a pack. Comparatively speaking, coyote footprints are more elongated and less round in shape than dog footprints. This information may be useful if you notice what appears to be dog footprints but have not heard howling in the nighttime hours before.

In addition to small animals such as rabbits and mice, your small dog or cat may become a prey item for a coyote or other wild animal. Coyotes are adaptable hunters who will rummage through garbage as part of their hunting strategy. Do not leave your pets unattended, and do not leave garbage outside. These two pieces of advice are extremely helpful. The keen sense of smell of a coyote will also lead them to food that has fallen into the fire pit, such as marshmallows and hotdogs, which they will then consume.

Tips for Staying Safe Around Coyotes

Coyotes are generally fearful of humans, so if you come across one, do not turn your back and flee from the situation. That will arouse its hunting instinct, and you may find yourself prey to its predation. Instead, yell at it while waving your arms around. Make it appear as though you are the aggressor.

It is never a good idea to leave your pets unattended outside in an area where coyotes are present. At night, this is especially the case. Also, keep small children under your supervision at all times; a toddler may not only become prey for a coyote, but he or she may also become disoriented and lose his or her way.

Keep your dog on a leash at all times, and exercise extra caution when walking your dog at night or between the hours of dusk and dawn. A coyote, on the other hand, is not uncommon to come across in broad daylight. You should keep yourself between a coyote and your pet or child if you happen to come across one while out walking. Make a lot of noise and make yourself appear large and intimidating.

Finally, do not leave garbage outside, and clean up any food scraps that have accumulated in the firepit after use. It is not recommended to feed coyotes, despite the fact that they are fascinating and charming creatures. Coyotes are cunning and opportunistic, and they’ve learned that people are a source of easy food for them. Feeding coyotes may appear to be harmless at first, but it could eventually land you, the coyotes, and other campers in trouble. If the coyotes become accustomed to humans, they may feel more confident in their ability to attack pets or even people.

Live and Let Live is a saying that means just that.

Coyotes are fascinating creatures to observe, and their nocturnal howls serve as a primal reminder that they play an important role in the natural world. Coyotes are found in both urban and rural areas.

Camping with coyotes is completely unnecessary as long as you follow these common-sense precautions. Don’t leave pets or children unattended, don’t leave garbage outside, and don’t run from your responsibilities!

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