I have never encountered a coyote on an art hike. So, you need not worry when you go out with us to hike and paint. I offer this information to you as a courtesy in your other adventures.
I love the land and all its creatures. This article is for your safety as well as for the safety of the wild animals. Be aware and safe when in nature. The animals are wild, always remember that. Do your part to keep them in the wild. This ensures the health of our natural world.
Most people are aware of the coyote howling at the moon or the cartoon image. You may have heard its howl.
I heard and saw one yipping on the edge of the property where I live last evening. I wondered what the difference is between their howl and a yip.
It is good to note when out hiking, that the single yipping coyote is one to stay away from. It is agitated. According to the article, Coyotes: Decoding Their Yips, Barks, and Howls, the yip is to tell you that you have infringed upon its territory. The yip-howl tells you that it is part of a family. The howl is a form of communication from either a single coyote or a group of them. Each one has its distinctive voice just like all of us have our own individual, discernable voice.
Tips to Remember When Encountering a Coyote
Good tips to remember:
- Always keep your dog on a short leash, especially the smaller breeds as it might see it as its dinner.
- Never feed them or any other wildlife.
- Do not run away from it.
- Do not turn your back on it.
- Make noise.
- Make yourself appear large.
- Do not allow your party of you, your dog, or your children to be separated by the coyote. Stay together.
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Here are a few good articles of what to do if you encounter this wily animal on your hike.Coyotes: Decoding Their Yips, Barks, and Howls
8 Coyote Safety Tips
What To Do If You Encounter A Coyote While Walking Your Dog