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We live in an older home, in a suburban area with a little bit of wilderness nearby (sadly it's shrinking quickly). The nights are quiet and often filled with the sounds of coyotes yapping (except in the heat of summer). I love the sound and spotting a coyote can be a thrill. They are very beautiful animals.

Recently, however, we have been seeing a coyote coming near or into our backyard. I feel sorry for coyotes because they and their prey are being crowded out by human "progress," but we can't ignore aggressive animals.

We worry for the safety of our 2 small dogs. We keep a close eye on them.

One day my 11 year old granddaughter had a brilliant idea. She created what she calls a "Coyote Stick." When raised and shaken it makes a loud, threatening sound which scares away any coyote. It can also double as a weapon for self protection, if necessary. (Though we feel pretty certain that it won't be necessary.)

The materials required to build one are minimal. Since most of it comes from things found around the yard and recycle bin,the cost is pennies--a small amount of duct tape is the only real cost. It takes just a couple minutes to put one together and is so simple little kids can do it.

**And before you leave a comment about the dangers of coyotes, we already know. We've lived around them almost 4 years. Both my grandkids have been trained in what to do if they see any wild animal. Back away. Don't run. Don't touch. Get an adult. And grab a coyote stick!

Coyotes are generally afraid of people, so a loud noise and threatening posture will usually scare them off. And to my knowledge no one in our area has ever been attacked by a coyote--chickens, cats and small dogs, yes, people no.


 
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savageeuge1 month ago

you know what would be better is washers or penny's in an aluminum pop can or tin can. I use them to keep my dogs off of my couches. Also the shinier the better.

sparkleponytx (author)  savageeuge1 month ago

That's a great idea! But how would I put them on the stick??

cut the holes and put the stick in and put wood screws in the side of the can into the stick

sparkleponytx (author)  savageeuge1 month ago

Ok, good idea. Thanks.

Slasher5775 months ago
my dog was going crazy and I find gunshots scare them to but not the bullet
raycemiller2411 months ago
I live in omak Washington. And I my dog was barking at a coyote, it went back into the bushes where other coyotes waited, dog came in and a few of them jumped right on her. So I'm not wrong about luring. Maybe your right , but in my community, where coyotes out number deer ( and our county is famous for its deer hunting) I have never heard of a coyote attacking a human one on one. I have personally been 5 yards from two coyotes and I just spooked them away by waving my arms a little. Lack of food can definitely make a difference witch could explain your experiences but not here..
sparkleponytx (author)  raycemiller2411 months ago
OK, but I didn't mean coyotes don't lure, I meant they will and often do, stalk and kill...like a cat. Also, that they will just trot up and grab a pet without any hubbub or notice, ie an opportunity kill. This is what we have experienced...and am still experiencing, as the same adult coyote came into our yard today again for the 4th time. He/she is getting bolder.

And from what I have seen and read, coyotes usually hunt alone, not in packs.

Thanks for your comments and interest. :)
sparkleponytx (author) 11 months ago
Thanks! Yes, I am against automatically killing native wildlife too. I this think this rattle stick would scare any animal away...except maybe a bear or mountain lion but thankfully there are none in this immediate area.
Interesting Instructional, Thank you
Not sure if it would well here in a more urban area like where I live in. The local coyotes are generally nocturnal and stay away from humans. They seem to live on the local military bases and use the riverbeds and railroad right of ways like highways. There was a recent attack and some reports say 3 coyotes were killed by California Fish and Wildlife that were acting boldly and without fear of humans. I hope it isn't a case of people feeding them, similar to black bears becoming bold and a danger to humans because of people feeding them up in Northern California. So I'm all for negative reinforcement, since they can help keep the local population of rodents and the like down.
raycemiller2411 months ago
A coyote will not attack a human.... Your dogs, probably not . They will try to lure them away so that a pack can surround it. They always hunt in packs. And never attack humans!! A coyote 1 on 1 would never happen
I live in Southern California(Orange County/Los Angeles border) and there was just a coyote attack on a 2yo girl in a local cemetery in July. Also coyotes have been snatching cats and small dogs for years. As far as I can tell coyotes don't hunt in packs, not like wolves anyway. I'm not overly concerned, but I try to stay aware(much like sparkleponytx's disclaimer above) .
Google the term "Urban Coyotes"
sparkleponytx (author)  raycemiller2411 months ago
First of all, you must have missed my (in bold) disclaimer in the intro. Second, you are wrong. Coyotes have and do attack humans. Check out what is happening in CA. Google it. Still, I'm not worried about that. The stick is just meant to startle. And you are wrong about the "lure away" part too. They will come right into your yard and snatch a dog. I know because it happened to our dog. She got attacked and carried away by a lone coyote...from our backyard.