How to Minimize the Risk of Conflicts with Coyotes in the Late Spring and Early Summer Months

Now that the outdoor temperatures are a bit warmer, coyotes are quickly becoming an increasingly common sight among those that live in the Carolinas. These creatures have either set up their dens for their new pups or are in the process of setting these dens up for the future arrival of their pups.

Once the pups are born, the coyotes will start the process of constantly foraging in order to obtain food and provide for their young. This results in the coyotes becoming very territorial. While they will typically avoid contact with humans, conflicts may arrive.

The following outlines some highly-constructive tips on how to reduce the risk of finding yourself in a conflict with a coyote.

Important Note:

Coyotes have a natural fear of humans. In order for the tips below to be effective, this fear must be maintained. Should a coyote lose its fear of people, close encounters and potential conflicts are likely to occur.


  1. Do not feed coyotes and make certain that no one else feeds them. They are cute and feeding them may seem like the right thing to do, but it is not. If they are fed by people, they will start to associate the food that they eat with humans. In turn, this will cause them to lose their natural fear and venture closer to people and their homes. This includes unintentional feedings, too. Examples include leaving pet food outside and leaving garbage outdoors that is not properly secured in a container.
  2. You should pay attention to the outdoor regions of your home. These include where you store garbage, compost piles, gardens, and bird feeders. All of these items should be secured so that coyotes and other types of wildlife do not have access. If other wildlife – such as birds – have access to outdoor feeders, they will naturally attract coyotes. In other words, the bird feeder attracts the birds, the birds attract the coyote. Always think one step ahead and you are sure to avoid conflict with coyotes.
  3. Keep your pets indoors. If you let a pet dog or a pet cat outdoors, remain with them at all times. If you are unable to stay with them, bring them in as they will be highly attractive to a coyote that is gathering food for its young.
  4. If possible, place a fence around your property. The fence should go six inches below the level of the ground and be – at least – 4ft. high.
  5. Be certain to keep your property free from areas where coyotes may hide themselves. In other words, cut down brush, mow your grass regularly, and remove tall weeds and grass.

Coming in Contact

If you find that you are face-to-face with a coyote, it is time to stand tall. Hold your arms out and wave them. Make sure you make a lot of noise and seem very aggressive. Once you are safe, contact us here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors.

We can ensure you avoid conflicts with coyotes by removing the creatures from your property. Never attempt to capture and remove coyotes on your own. For more information, call us now at: 855-465-1088

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