Things to know during a coyote sighting in your neighborhood

Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 8:10 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - There isn’t a specific season for a coyote to appear because they’re active all year round. However, a typical coyote sighting is at night but Faith Henrichs, who is the Wapello County Conservation Naturalist, says it isn’t abnormal to see them during the day either.

“Coyotes are nocturnal so they’re most active at night so to see them during the day. That’s not abnormal especially this time of the year because it is so cold they have to burn more energy to stay warm so they have to hunt more and more often. A lot of people say that if you see one during the day that means there’s something wrong with it and that’s just not the case.”

You are advised to keep a close eye on your pets because Henrichs says that they typically prey on any that is small.

“Coyotes will eat just about anything that they can catch so oftentimes it’ll be rabbits, other small rodents, they might eat snakes and even waterfowl.”

But one thing coyotes try to steer clear of are humans.

According to the American Humane Society, more people die from flying corks from champagne bottles than from coyotes.

She says to only be alarmed if you witness strange behavior from the animal

“The first thing to look at is if they are aggressive or too tame, they could either be really sick or habituated by humans from it being a pet at some point.”

So, if you’re approached by a coyote with abnormal behavior such as friendliness, you’re advised to call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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