What To Do If A Coyote Attacks


In view of the recent encounter with a coyote here in Puslinch we thought it prudent to share what you can do if you are approached by one showing aggression.

“As frightening as the thought of a coyote attack may be, do not attempt to harm or kill them should you have an encounter. Instead, help maintain their fear of humans through hazing. The Humane Society recommends being as “loud and large” as possible using the following methods (preparation required for some):

  • Boldly face the coyote while yelling and waving your arms – do not get close!
  • Use noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, bells, or soda cans filled with pennies
  • Throw sticks, rocks, or whatever is handy near (not at) the coyote
  • Arm yourself with pepper spray, bear repellant, a walking stick, or an umbrella
  • If you are in the yard, turn the hose on the animal
If the coyote does not immediately respond, escalate your hazing by raising your voice and exaggerating your body movements until it flees. It is essential that you completely haze the animal away. Coyotes often return to the same areas, so make sure they do not feel safe in your neighborhood!

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Daina Makinson is a local Puslinch resident, business owner, volunteer and co-founder of PuslinchToday.

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