How to Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes in the Carolinas

It is common to see and hear coyotes during their mating season – which runs from the Months of January through March. In the Months of September, October, and November, the coyote juveniles start leaving their family pack.Coyote

Normally, coyotes have a natural fear of humans; however, it is not at all uncommon to observe them in residential neighborhoods or roaming streets that border regions where the canines search for prey.

Avoid Feeding Coyotes

You should never attempt to feed coyotes. If these creatures are fed, they will start to lose their natural fear of humans and may start to view people as a food source. In some cases, it is even possible that they may come to view people and domestic pets as prey.

However, there are times when feedings are unintentional. The creatures will stumble across pet food, garbage, and even bird feeding stations (which attracts squirrels and rodents).

If you start to see and hear coyotes in or around your property, evaluate to ensure that you are not indirectly attracting them by leaving food sources that they may access. 

Avoid Leaving Pets Unattended 

If you have pets that venture outdoors, you should never leave them unattended. This is true even if you have a fence surrounding your property. Pets that are left unattended may be viewed as prey by coyotes.

Additionally, you should not leave pet food unattended outdoors. If this happens, the coyote may venture onto your property in order to eat the pet food. Eventually, the creature may become a nuisance. 

Avoid Running from a Coyote

You should never run away from a coyote. If you come in contact with one of these creatures, it is imperative that you make as much noise as possible. You may even throw something at the canine.

If you spend time outdoors walking, hiking, or with your pets, carry something that will make a great deal of noise – such as a can with rocks.

Coyotes are typically nocturnal. If you observe one during the daytime hours, practice caution. It could be that it has become used to humans and may view you as a food source. Yell, wave your arms, throw something, etc. This will help scare the coyote away. Do NOT run from the creature. 


If you stumble across a coyote that seems to lack fear or is aggressive, you should report the creature to the officials. If you get a nuisance coyote on your property, you may contact us here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors for assistance.

Examples of behaviors that are cause for concern include approaching you, agitated barking, high-pitched hackles, growling, snarling, and lunging. Keep in mind, though, if there is one coyote, there is more nearby.

In terms of removal, just removing one may not do the trick. You may have to remove more, over time. For immediate assistance with this task, contact us now by calling: 855-465-1088

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