A Fed Coyote is a Dead Coyote

A fed coyote is a dead coyote.

Coyotes are naturally fearful of humans and other large predators, since they evolved in ecosystems where bears, pumas, and wolves ruled the landscape. We average five times their size and they know we’re boss! When you see a coyote that is overly confident around humans, that’s a learned behavior, not just natural curiosity or friendliness.

You might think it’s cute when you feed a coyote dog food or meat scraps, but most people don’t agree. People tend to panic when a coyote has learned to associate humans and their houses and pets with food, and when they stop cowering at the sight of people. It’s nearly inevitable that a friendly coyote will end up trapped or shot.

Please don’t contribute to this problem. Feed your pets indoors and don’t leave scraps of food for neighborhood wildlife.

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