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Tips for Protecting Pets from Coyotes While Camping

Do you know how to protect yourself and your pets from coyotes when camping?  Coyotes are everywhere, and can be seen during the day as well as their howls heard at night.  Typically we think of coyotes as nocturnal animals, but hunger will force them out in daylight too.  This is more common than many people realize, and the hours of dawn and dusk are when coyotes like to hunt. So, how do you protect yourself and your pets from coyotes?  

Coyotes live in virtually every ecosystem, and in every state except Hawaii.  They have adapted to humans building and living in their home, but we haven’t adapted as well to them coming into ours.  Coyotes will attack small pets if  hungry, but rarely attack people.  However, they have been known to go after a small dog that’s on a leash.  It goes without saying not to feed these predators, and here are a few tips for keeping coyotes out of your campsite.

Protecting Yourself and Your Pets from Coyotes

We all like to camp, and many people bring their pets with them.  But in areas that have a lot of coyotes, it’s important to keep coyotes out of your campsite in order to increase the safety of your pets.  Here are a few tips for protecting yourself and your pets from coyotes.

  • Put a lid on any trash can you have at your campsite
  • If you  are camping in an area frequented by coyotes you will want to watch your pets very carefully, and don’t let them run free.  Keep them on a leash and supervised.  Coyotes can jump a 7 foot tall fence.
  • Don’t pick your pet up. A starving coyote will still lunge for your pet when in your arms and may bite you in their attempt to take your pet. 
  • If you have a cat, keep it inside your RV unless it’s on a leash no longer than 6 feet.  Inside is the safest.
  • Don’t feed your pets outside, but if you do then remove the bowl as soon as they’re finished.  Don’t leave food or water outside.
  • To scare a coyote away, be loud and don’t run away. Using this will help scare a coyote or other predator away: safety whistle.
  • A Coyote can run up to 40 mph so don’t think you will outrun one.  Stand your ground, use the safety whistle or shine a bright flash light at them at night.  These tactical flash lights are great for increasing your safety at night.  It expands your space so you see all around your pet, plus in front of them for safety.    I absolutely love mine, and feel much safer with it.

What do Coyotes Eat?

We know that coyotes can, and do go after household pets, but did you know that coyotes also eat fruit?  Contrary to popular belief cats are not their food of choice, but they will eat them if other food is not available and they are forced to look for alternative food sources.  So, what do coyotes eat?

  • Small animals like mice, rats and gophers
  • Rabbits
  • Road kill
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Deer
  • Garbage
  • Domestic dog and cat food

Coyotes and Camping:  Tips to Keep Coyotes out of Campgrounds

Protecting yourself against coyotes or other wildlife can be a scary thing, but with a good defense whistle and this super bright tactical flashlight, that also fits in your pocket, you have a much better chance of keeping your pet safe from harm when you encounter a coyote unexpectedly. The important thing is to remain calm so your fears are not transmitted to either your pet or the coyote. Once a coyote smells fear they often become more daring and driven by hunger they may try to attack your pet even when it is on a leash and in close proximity to you. 

Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Pets:

  • Don’t leave any dog or cat food outside.  Feeding your pet inside is best, but if you do feed them outside, take the bowl away immediately after feeding.
  • Keep your yard clear of debris,  pet watering bowls, and any fruit that might fall from trees.
  • Keep your pets on a leash when walking them.
  • Don’t leave pets outside alone if you are in an area where coyotes have been seen
  • Coyotes are nocturnal although they are also seen during the day, so don’t let pets outside at night unattended.

Large dogs are not safe from attack by coyotes either. If allowed to roam loose a large dog may encounter a coyote and be enticed away by it. Once the dog is led back to the coyote pack it is attacked and killed. Coyotes have been known to use this tactic on even the smartest, strongest dogs, with some success.

Remember: Coyotes are wild animals that are very good at adapting to almost any environment and should always be treated as such.  Don’t feed them, because once you feed them they will lose their fear of humans.  “A fed coyote is a dead coyote!”

1 reply
  1. TheDogVisitor.com
    TheDogVisitor.com says:

    Coyotes may try to escort you out of an area to protect their pups or food sources when you encounter them on a trail. Humans may perceive this behavior as stalking, which is usually not the case. Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.


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