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.