Coyote Pup Season

Coyote pups are due to be born in June. Typically, coyotes will move away when humans make loud noises, throw objects, or extend arms or devices (e.g., umbrella, coat). A coffee can or soda can filled half full with rocks makes a nice noise maker, and provides ammunition if needed. However, if a coyote is intent on defending a particular area or follows you during May and June, it is likely the coyote is guarding its family. Coyotes, like humans, are extremely protective of their pregnant mate and pups. If a coyote stands its ground or approaches you during this time of year, back away slowing while facing the animal and continue to act assertive using the techniques described above. Do not run away. Running triggers a pursuit response as in dogs. And please keep your pets on a leash.

Please note:

  • A human with or without a pet may experience a type of behavior known as ‘escorting,’ where a coyote may follow at a closer distance than usual in order to remove you from the area of their den.
  • Though hazing is usually recommended when in close contact with coyotes, hazing techniques during pup season can be ineffective and can further escalate any tense situations.
  • The best course of action is to leave the area as confidently as possible, without running.
  • Keeping pets on leash and close to you is crucial during this time.
  • Never let your pets wander in an area with potential den sites. Coyotes are intolerant of dogs during this time and may bite or attack if they feel threatened.

To prevent conflicts with coyotes, residents are encouraged to stay alert and follow these actionable tips:

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Remove food sources from yard (bird seed on ground, pet food, compost, garbage outside of bin).

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Keep dogs on leashes at all times. Keep cats safe inside your home, especially from dusk through dawn.

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Accompany dogs in yard dusk through dawn, even with a fence.

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Deter coyotes from entering yard with hazing techniques (yelling, clapping, whistling, or throwing objects near them).

Coyotes are an important part of Avon Lake’s landscape, helping to control populations of rodents, rabbits, and other small wild animals. Keep your distance and enjoy the wildlife viewing experience.

Did you know that coyotes . . .

  • are native to North America?
  • typically are shy in nature?
  • are omnivores, they eat meat, berries, grass, etc?
  • use many forms of communication?
  • mate for life?
  • live in major cities?


For more information:

What to Do About Coyotes

"Coexisting with Nature" - Randy White, ODNR Division of Wildlife State Wildlife Officer

Avon Lake Matters Podcast - Jonathon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks Wildlife Ecologist