Is a Coyote Following You?

Do you often walk in your neighborhood or park with your dog? Have you ever been followed by a coyote or seen it happen to your pet? If so, you might have felt scared and thought that the coyote was stalking you or that an attack was imminent. However, there's no need to fear. Coyotes are curious animals and often engage in a behavior called "escorting," which is their way of making sure you leave their territory. This behavior is usually seen from early March to late April when coyote parents protect their young puppies. As we continue to develop more and more woodland areas, coexisting with coyotes has become even more vital. 

So, what should you do if you are "escorted" by a coyote? First, don't panic. The coyote is more scared of you than you are of it! If you are in an area where coyotes are present, please ensure your dog is leashed and kept by your side. Keep walking calmly as you usually would, and soon enough, you'll leave the coyote's home, and it will stop escorting you. On the rare chance that the escorting coyote starts to approach too closely, shout and wave your hands to scare it away. Remember, we must learn to understand the language of coyotes and coexist peacefully with them. 

Fun Fact: Did you know it's a common misconception that coyotes howl to celebrate or announce a hunt? Why would they want to attract attention to their food or frighten off their lunch? 🐺

In reality, they're just communicating! Coyotes vocalize for several reasons, including checking in with family members, establishing territory, and attracting mates.

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