When you hear a distinct, high-pitched bark in the distance, you know that coyotes aren’t too far away. This can be concerning because coyotes can not only take off with chickens and small pets, they can also attack larger livestock and carry diseases like rabies and distemper. And coyotes aren’t just found in rural areas either – they’re moving into the suburbs too. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons you don’t want coyotes in your area!
The best ways to keep coyotes away is to keep a clean area free from waste and leftover food that may attract it. Be sure to secure all trash cans with a tight lid. Refrain from adding meat and bones to your trash. And never purposely feed a coyote food.
Knowing more about what you’re up against is the first step in keeping these predators away from your home. Using a variety of the tips below will keep coyotes from bothering you and your animals.
How to Keep Coyotes Out of Your Yard?
Keeping coyotes out of your yard is even more important if you have children or small pets and livestock. There are a couple of simple and inexpensive options, like making your yard uninviting to coyotes and removing food sources.
Making Your Yard Uninviting
Discouraging coyotes from coming to your yard in the fist place is the best way to keep them out. Coyotes, like most predators, like to be covered, so they aren’t seen. Cutting down any tall grass or overgrown areas can make coyotes less likely to want to come to your yard.
If you have any gaps under your porches or sheds, you should close them up with wire mesh. Remember to bury the mesh at least 6 inches underground. This helps make those spaces on your property less appealing for a coyote to build its den. If there are any open storm drains in your area, you can consider contacting your local authorities and asking them to close them up as well.
Removing Food Sources
Like raccoons and bears, coyotes are attracted to food, like garbage and compost. Store your garbage in containers with tightly-fitting lids, and if you have the space, keep the containers in a garage or barn. Wait until pickup day to put them on the curb.
Keep other sources of food away from coyotes too. Store chicken feed and birdseed in containers with tightly-fitting lids, and clean up other food, like pet bowls and barbecues. Compost piles are another coyote favorite, so consider fencing them in, remembering to bury the wire at least 6 inches all around. Remember that coyotes also eat birds and squirrels, so try to avoid feeding them – this just brings them in for the kill.
Keeping your yard cleaner will also remove the food sources of mice and rats, which coyotes eat. Keeping cats and small dogs inside the house, especially at night, will keep your pets safe and not attract coyotes.
How to Keep Coyotes Away from Farms?
Coyotes are attracted to farms because of the many animals on it. You can protect your animals through fencing and a handful of other measures, like corrals and loud noises at night.
Sometimes, you might be moving animals around frequently, meaning permanent fencing is not an option. In this case, you can use fladry. This odd word is from the German flattern, which means “to flutter.”Fladry is a nonlethal way to keep coyotes and other canines away from temporary areas.
Fladry is a string of flags or strips of material hung around the perimeter of a grazing area. The bottom of each flag is about level with a coyote’s nose. It’s especially effective in the breeze, which causes the flags to move more.
This works because coyotes are naturally wary of anything new in their territory, especially when it’s something that moves. But fladry has its drawbacks too. Since it works by taking advantage of coyote’s suspicion of anything new, it will only work for a limited time – up to 60 days.
And that’s another problem. Sometimes it will work for the full two months, and sometimes it will only work for a week or two. If you have a lot of new calves, and there are some hungry coyotes in the area, fladry likely won’t be effective for a whole two months! You have no way of knowing in advance how long it will keep coyotes away until it’s too late.
It also takes quite a bit of time and money to install fladry, especially if you have a large area to fence. Because of these drawbacks, you might want to consider using fladry in addition to other measures – maybe installing it on an existing fence, perhaps at a time when your livestock is particularly vulnerable.
Other Effective Measures
There are a handful of other ways you can encourage coyotes to find dinner somewhere besides your farm.
- Nighttime corrals – Even though coyotes can attack during the day, they are mostly nocturnal animals, meaning your livestock is most vulnerable at night. Keeping them in a corral at night still allows them to graze during the day, but keeps them safer during the evening hours. Adding lights makes corrals even safer.
- Protecting new mothers – A pregnant animal is more vulnerable to predator attacks than normal. Enclosing your animal shortly before delivery will protect her during birth and the newborn animal after. It’ll also keep the mother and newborn from attracting coyotes that may attack other livestock.
- Sounds –Playing sounds at random times may confuse a coyote into thinking there is a human in the area and have been effective. Using a variety of different sounds will keep coyotes from getting used to one sound.
- Keeping your livestock healthy – Coyotes are naturally attracted to the sick and weak animals, and once they find one, they may come back, thinking they’ll find more. Ensuring your animals receive proper nutrition will allow them to defend themselves against predators.
Most of these options are a little less permanent, so switching things up every now and then will also discourage coyotes from visiting your farm.
How to Keep Coyotes Away from Chickens?
Since coyotes are most active at night in populated areas, you should make sure your chickens go back inside their coop at night. You can train them to return to the coop at night by raising your chicks there. The adults will naturally return to lay their eggs and roost at night. Closing the coop after they’ve settled down for the night will keep them safer.
Even after following these steps, it’s still possible you’ll find coyotes bothering your chickens. Take an extra precaution and install a fence around your chicken coop. This should be high enough – at least 5.5 to 6 feet – to prevent coyotes from leaping over it. Hungry coyotes can break through chicken wire, so you might want to use something stronger, like hardware mesh, to keep them from chewing or breaking through.
To be extra safe, you might consider adding a roof to your chicken enclosure as well. This will prevent coyotes from climbing the fence. You’ll also want to check the coop regularly for signs of attempted entry and to reinforce any weak spots.
Since coyotes can also dig, you should make sure the bottom of the fence extends at least 6 inches underground. For added security, you can also bury a barrier of hardware mesh extending a foot and a half out from your fence to further deter predators.
If you don’t want to spend the time and effort to bury the fence and add an extra barrier, you could also consider enclosing the area with an electric fence.
How to Keep Coyotes Away From Goats?
Coyotes love goats, and if you’re afraid your goats might disappear, there are a few things you can do.
Was it a coyote?
Dogs are the worst predators of goats, and sometimes it can be hard to tell if your goat was killed by a dog or a coyote. But it’s important to know what predator you’re dealing with, so you know the best course of action to take. Assuming the goat wasn’t carried off, you can tell whether it was a dog or a coyote based on the kill style.
Dogs usually go for the back and hind legs of the goat, trying to get as many goats as they can. Often, they don’t “finish the job,” but leave the goat severely injured so that it has to be euthanized.
Coyotes, on the other hand, go after goats to eat them. This means they usually go for the throat and the internal organs. They often try to carry the goat off to eat it.
You can also look at the tracks. Coyote tracks tend to be more oval shaped, while dog tracks are rounder. The claws in coyote tracks are more pronounced than in dog tracks.
Keeping your goats safe
As with most animals, your most vulnerable goats are the young kids. You should clean up as soon as a new kid is born, and if any are stillborn or die, you should bury them, so you don’t attract coyotes. Keeping kids with their mothers, instead of away from the herd, will help keep them safer.
It isn’t a good idea to tether your goats, as this just makes it easier for coyotes to attack. Building a coyote-proof fence is much safer for your goats – especially at night. A dog can help keep them safer.
Where Do Coyotes Go During the Day?
In more urban areas, coyotes have become nocturnal to avoid humans, so they spend most of the day sleeping. This is why you usually hear coyote howls at night.
Coyotes only use a den during pup season. This den might be under a rock outcropping, in a hollowed-out tree stump, or other sheltered area. The rest of the year, they’ll sleep above ground, either in cover or out in the open.
However, it’s not unusual to see a coyote in the middle of the day. In fact, the daytime is their natural time for hunting, and in areas with fewer humans, they will hunt during the day. If you see a coyote during the day, it doesn’t mean it’s ill or has gotten too bold – it’s just following its natural instinct. In the spring and summer when coyotes are raising their pups, they need to find more food, and they might broaden their hunting hours to include the day and night.
Do Motion Activated Lights Scare Coyotes?
Coyotes don’t like loud noises or bright lights. They don’t like lights because they remove hiding places, providing less cover for the coyote. Motion activated lights are more effective than regular spotlights because they startle the coyote when they come on. Some motion activated lights are solar powered and don’t use much electricity.
Like fladry, motion activated lights may initially keep coyotes away because coyotes are naturally wary of something new in their territory. However, motion activated lights may not be as effective in the long term because coyotes will gradually get used to the lights.
What Dog Can Kill a Coyote?
One of the best dogs for killing coyotes is the Great Pyrenees. These dogs, which were bred specifically to keep predators away from livestock, often weigh over 140 pounds and can be up to 32 inches tall. While these dogs are usually calm and gentle and can be trusted with even the most helpless animals, their natural guardian instinct leads them to spring into action if they sense a threat to their flock.
The Great Pyrenees is naturally nocturnal and does not tolerate any other dogs except other herding dogs and very small dogs. It is hostile toward all possible predators. These qualities make the Great Pyrenees an excellent choice to protect your animals from coyotes – and these dogs work even better in pairs, especially if you have a lot of space.
There are two ways you can use the Great Pyrenees to keep coyotes away. The first is as an “all-purpose” dog, and the second is as a livestock guard dog. If you’re considering getting a Great Pyrenees, you should train your dog in one of these ways, depending on which works best for your situation.
Great Pyrenees as livestock guard dogs
If you have a ranch or a lot of cattle, you might choose to train your Great Pyrenees as a livestock guard dog. These dogs are not treated as pets, and their job is to keep coyotes and other predators away from your herds of livestock. They aren’t allowed in the house or yard, and they spend their time out in the pasture or range.
Great Pyrenees as “all-purpose” dogs
If you don’t have as much property, or if most of your animals are closer to your house, you’ll most likely want your Great Pyrenees to be a farm dog. These dogs are part pet, part guard dog, and they work to protect you, your family, and your animals.
Whichever way you choose, the Great Pyrenees is a loyal dog who will work hard to keep coyotes and other predators away, often by killing them.
Can Coyotes Jump a 5-foot Fence?
Coyotes can easily leap right over a fence that’s less than 6 feet tall, so make sure you don’t install anything less than 6 feet, or your fence won’t be doing anyone much good. If the fence is 6 feet or taller, coyotes need to use leverage to get over it. They’ve even been known to scale fences as high as 14 feet!
Coyotes get themselves up by first leaping up and grabbing the top of the fence with their front paws, pulling themselves up. Then they bring their back paws to the top of the fence so they’re standing on it. From here, it’s a simple hop to the ground and into your yard or chicken coop! Even if the fence is tall, coyotes can still carry an animal up to 25 pounds back over the fence.
But you can keep coyotes from leaping your fence with a few simple tricks. Installing coyote rollers, barbed wire, or PVC pipe along the top will prevent the coyote from being able to grab the fence and pull themselves up.
Another way to discourage coyotes from leaping your fence is with an electric fence. This will discourage them from getting too close in the first place!
What Animal Keeps Coyotes Away?
Dogs are the obvious choice when it comes to keeping coyotes away – large guard dogs like the Great Pyrenees and others are excellent choices. But did you know there are other, odder, choices for keeping coyotes away? How about a donkey?
Strange as it might sound,donkeys are actually exceptional at keeping coyotes away. This is because they don’t like canines and will stand their ground. Donkeys aren’t as protective of the herd as they are of their territory and themselves, but they can still be very effective at keeping coyotes away. And they’re excellent at spotting threats because of their large ears and widerange of vision.
When donkeys spot a coyote in their territory, they can crush the coyote with blows from their front and back feet, and they will also bite the coyote with their large teeth. And when they think there’s a threat to their space, they can alert the herd and farmer with their loud braying.
Another benefit of donkeys is that unlike their relatives the horses, they don’t cost an arm and a leg to keep. They cost no more than a couple hundred dollars to purchase, and they usually eat the same foods as the rest of the herd.
Of course, guard donkeys come with their problems. If you raise them with the rest of your animals, they come to think of themselves as one of the herd or flock. But if you introduce a grown donkey, especially a male, to the herd, they can harm or even kill some of the animals. This is particularly true of donkeys who have never been with livestock before and in extreme cases may think of your herd as the threat!
Donkeys can also only fight off one coyote at a time, so if you know you have multiple coyotes that might attack your herd, donkeys might not be the best choice for you. Despite their problems, if you do the research and know how to handle them, donkeys can be an excellent addition to your farm if it’s on the smaller side.
What are Coyotes Scared Of?
Coyotes are naturally afraid of humans, but as they have moved into more suburban or urban areas, they have gotten used to seeing humans on a normal basis.The problem with this is that the more used to humans coyotes get, the more likely they are to test the limits and become aggressive.
Running away from a coyote is one of the worst things you can do. When you run away, you trigger the coyote’s prey drive and encourages it to chase you. Try not to show fear. Coyotes have a way of sensing fear, and this can also trigger its prey drive.
Yes, “hazing” coyotes is actually athing! If a coyote thinks humans are friendly and happy to see them, they’ll keep coming back again and again. Hazing convinces coyotes that they should be afraid to come in your yard or near your animals.
Generally, you should use a variety of different methods, so the coyote doesn’t become used to it and lose its fear of humans again. There are several ways you can haze a coyote that appears on your property.
- Being loud – The easiest method is to approach the coyote while yelling and waving your arms. If it doesn’t run away at first, keep walking toward it until it gets the message. You might need to keep approaching it if it only retreats a short distance. But remember that if the coyote tries to come toward you, it’s best to leave the area, as a wild animal that approaches you could be rabid.
- Using loud objects – After a while, coyotes may get used to your yelling and you may need to use different methods. Other objects you can use to make noise include bells, cans of pennies or marbles, whistles, or pan lids banging together.
- Throwing something –You might need to throw something like sticks, rocks, balls, or cans at the coyote as a warning.
- Liquids – Coyotes don’t like to get wet, so spraying them with a hose can discourage them from coming to the area.
Most of the time, it only takes a couple of times to haze a coyote, but you might need to repeat several of these methods a few times to discourage a particularly stubborn coyote.
Another thing to remember is that you should never feed a coyote. Feeding a coyote encourages it to approach humans for more food, and eventually lose its fear of humans. As it gets bolder, it’s more likely to come back and prey on pets and other animals. Never “bait” a coyote to go to a particular spot.
While coyotes can seem like an intimidating threat to your home,using a combination of the tips above will keep you and your home safe from coyotes.
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How can you keep coyotes away from your house? ›
➢ Turn on sprinklers or spray coyotes with a garden hose. ➢ Spray coyotes with a water gun filled with water or vinegar. ➢ Throw rocks, sticks, tennis balls or anything else you can find. ➢ Bang pots and pans together.How do you scare away a coyote? ›
Be as big and loud as possible. Do not run or turn your back. Wave your arms, clap your hands, and shout in an authoritative voice. Make noise by banging pots and pans or using an air horn or whistle.How can I keep coyotes out of my backyard? ›
Fencing is the best way to keep your pets in, and coyotes out. Coyotes can jump high, and will dig as well, so fencing should be at least 6 feet tall, and buried a few inches into the ground. Chain link fences can work, but the more private the fencing, the better. Some people also opt for electric fencing.What smell keeps coyotes away? ›
Leave open jars of vinegar on the perimeter of where the animal is frequenting. Most wildlife do not like the smell and will try to avoid it. Leave the jars out for a few weeks, refilling them as necessary.What are coyotes afraid of? ›
In truth, coyotes are afraid of people, objects thrown in their direction, loud noisemakers and sounds, bright lights, and predator urine. All of these can help to repel and deter coyotes from your property.Do coyotes come close to houses? ›
Why Are There Coyotes Outside My House? Coyotes usually wander into neighborhoods looking for easy food sources. Even though coyotes are omnivorous, 90% of their preferred diet is meat. Most tend to search for territories where they can easily access regular, meaty food sources.What colors are coyotes afraid of? ›
Coyotes are color blind by nature and because of this, the best color light for coyote hunting is red. They have a hard time seeing green as well, but red is a better color because it is a higher wavelength and gives you some "buffer" from the cut off of what wavelength light their eyes are able to see.Do lights scare coyotes? ›
Lights are another way to repel coyotes. Coyotes don't like loud noises and flashing lights. Installing motion-sensor lights, or like, launching a night club, in your yard will help to discourage coyotes from prowling there.Are coyotes afraid of barking dogs? ›
Barking can pique a coyote's interest, although it is more likely to scare it away after they notice a human is present. However, if your dog shows signs of eagerness to meet wildlife, try to distract with treats or change direction to reduce interaction and communication, preventing further escalation.What attracts coyotes to an area? ›
Coyotes are attracted to neighborhoods due to the availability of their natural food sources and due to ample garbage, pet food, and birdfeeders. In addition, some residents illegally place food out for coyotes, which compounds the problem. Some coyotes have also discovered that pets are easy prey.
Can dogs sense coyotes? ›
Dogs can smell and communicate with wildlife, including coyotes, via howling, barking, whimpering, sniffing, eye contact, and body language. Barking can pique a coyote's interest, though the sound is more likely to scare a coyote away after they notice a human presence.Will human urine keep coyotes away? ›
Will Human Urine Keep Coyotes Away? Many people have heard that human urine can keep animals like coyotes away. However, there's little evidence that it's an effective option. Usually, predator urine works because coyotes associate it with a potential threat.How can you tell if a coyote is near? ›
- Coyotes may howl for a variety of reasons. Howling. Coyotes may advertise the occupancy of a territory to other coyotes by group howling. ...
- Feces of a coyote often contain hair and bones. Scat. ...
- Tracks: comparing coyotes to domestic dogs. Tracks.
Smell has been used for a long time to keep coyotes away and their numbers from increasing. Most commonly used is wolf urine, moth balls and rags soaked in ammonia. These deterrents can be positioned around your yard to keep coyotes from entering.
Cougars, wolves, grizzly bears and black bears are known to kill coyotes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Golden eagles have been known to swoop down and take young coyotes. Humans kill coyotes too, for their fur and in attempts to control their populations.Do coyotes chase you? ›
Running away can trigger a coyote's prey drive and may cause him or her to chase you.Why do coyotes scream at night? ›
"It has several functions. One is to call the pack—really a family group—back together again after a period of individual hunting. A second reason that coyotes howl is to advertise their presence to other packs, essentially warning those other family groups against trespassing across territorial boundaries."Can a coyote break a window? ›
The four coyotes showed unusually aggressive behavior during their attempted attack on the dogs. determined coyotes, which broke the glass and wooden panels on the front door in an effort to get in and finish the attack on the terrified pooches.What does it mean when a coyote comes to your house? ›
Coyotes are considered to be a good omen by many Native American tribes. They're often seen as helpful spirit animals that can guide you on your journey through life. If you see a coyote, it's likely a positive sign. Trust your instincts and intuition during this time, as they'll likely lead you in the right direction.Do coyotes go near humans? ›
Coyotes who come to depend on these sources of food may begin to approach humans looking for a handout and may begin to exhibit what's perceived as “too tame” or aggressive behavior. When coyotes become habituated, hazing can reinstill the natural fear of humans.
Should I fear coyotes? ›
Seeing a coyote should not be cause for alarm. Like all other urban wildlife, they're looking for food, water, and shelter. However, if the coyote is approaching you or in an area that you're not comfortable with (your backyard, a busy park), consider aversion conditioning (humane hazing) (see below) to scare it away.What is the best coyote control? ›
Hazing. Hazing is a the most effective method, making use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. Hazing can help maintain a coyote's fear of humans and deter them from backyards and play spaces.How do farmers keep coyotes away? ›
Wire mesh fences at least five feet high are the most effective fences to keep coyotes away. A coyote roller — which can be purchased or made cheaply with PVC piping — can also be added to the top of the fence to keep them from being able to jump over.What to do if a coyote attacks your dog? ›
If your pet is attacked and bit by a coyote, it's paramount that you immediately go see your veterinarian. Your vet will likely treat the wound by cleaning it and starting a round of antibiotics. The vet may also give your animal a rabies vaccine booster if vaccine records indicate your pet needs one.What dogs are good against coyotes? ›
Soon, European dog breeds like the akbash, komondor and Great Pyrenees were patrolling America's rangelands in defense of livestock. The new arrivals worked immediate wonders. In North Dakota, dogs slashed coyote predation rates on sheep ranches by 93 percent.Does dog poop attract coyotes? ›
Pick up after your pet. Dog feces can attract coyotes into your yard.Will coyotes play with dogs? ›
So do dogs and coyotes actually play together? “It is rare, but documented. In fact, one of our Wildlife Managers watched it happen with his hunting dogs when out on the trail,” Burnett wrote. It's still best to keep your pets indoors or on a leash and away from coyotes.What part of the day are coyotes most active? ›
Coyotes are not strictly nocturnal. They may be observed during the day, but are generally more active after sunset and at night.Do coyotes usually stay in the same area? ›
Although coyotes can return to a particular den several times, some prefer to make new dens in the same territory to avoid the build-up of insects and droppings and also to prevent their food from getting contaminated.How close are coyotes if you can hear them? ›
Howling sounds can travel around 1,000 yards and can be used by coyotes to identify who's calling, their gender and perhaps their mood.
How fast can coyotes run? ›What does it mean when a coyote is barking? ›
If the howling is interspersed with barking, it's usually indicative of a disturbance or agitation, such as a perceived threat due to an intrusion on marked territory. More detail on the songs of the coyote is provided in this Urban Coyote Initiative article.Does human hair keep animals away? ›
Spreading human hair at the base of your plants keeps animals from digging them up. Rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife don't like the texture of hair, or the human scent.Does human pee scare animals? ›
It has been known that human urine can repel animals as well. If there are any men camping with you, have them pee around your campsite to put the odor out there. It's the same logic as dogs peeing on trees to mark their territory.Can you smell coyotes? ›
Like all Canidae, the coyote has, at the root of the tail, a gland that releases a scent. Such glands also exist on other parts of the body. Scent glands often become more active when the animals meet. The coyote's urine Page 2 Coyote 2 has a very strong smell and is used to mark out its territory.What attracts coyotes to your yard? ›
What Attracts Coyotes To My Yard Or Neighborhood? Coyotes are attracted to neighborhoods due to the availability of their natural food sources and due to ample garbage, pet food, and birdfeeders. In addition, some residents illegally place food out for coyotes, which compounds the problem.Are coyotes afraid of dogs? ›
Most coyotes are fearful of people and generally make an effort to avoid us. They react very differently to dogs, however, taking quite an interest in them. Coyotes may view dogs as a threat, or as potential prey, depending mainly on the size of the dog.Do lights keep coyotes away? ›
Lights are another way to repel coyotes. Coyotes don't like loud noises and flashing lights. Installing motion-sensor lights, or like, launching a night club, in your yard will help to discourage coyotes from prowling there.Do barking dogs attract coyotes? ›
Barking can pique a coyote's interest, though the sound is more likely to scare a coyote away after they notice a human presence.Will coyotes chase you if you run? ›
Running away can trigger a coyote's prey drive and may cause him or her to chase you.
Will a coyote fight a dog? ›
Attacks on Dogs
Almost 30 different breeds of dog were reported to have been attacked by coyotes. Smaller breed dogs were attacked more often than medium and large sized dogs, with 20 small breeds, 3 medium breeds, and 6 large breeds attacked.
With their habitats and food sources shrinking, coyotes are venturing closer to our neighborhoods and homes than we'd like. Not only do they prey on livestock such as chickens and lambs, but our cats and dogs can make an easy meal for these canine natives as well.What is the best defense against coyotes? ›
If you encounter a coyote and it doesn't run away, don't turn around, as it can make you look like prey. Instead, you should make a loud noise or wave your hands in the air. You can also throw something at the coyote to scare it off.Does flashlight scare coyotes? ›
Coyotes are deterred by bright light, so anyplace where coyotes are seen, flood lights should be turned on. Anyone who goes walking where coyotes have been seen should carry a flashlight. A 180-degree TripleLite flashlight lights up a whole walkway and will fit into a purse or pocket.What color light keeps coyotes away? ›
The red light imitates the eyes of a predator animal, causing coyotes and other predators to keep away by tricking them into thinking they're being watched.