With foliage dropping as nature prepares herself for her winter nap, it's not uncommon to see -- and hear -- coyotes more often. At night, you can listen for group yip-howls of coyotes: short howls that often rise and fall in pitch, punctuated with staccato yips, yaps, and barks.
Rather than the soul-haunting, drawn-out sound of a wolf's howl, a coyote's howl is characterized by high-pitched barks and yips, with each song consisting of a lot of lyrics. And, coyote songs can be loud. Researchers have speculated that the intensity and volume of the vocalizations may also have meaning.
The moonlight allows coyotes to see their home region at night, enabling defending coyote packs to howl to inform intruders of their presence. Non-member coyotes are not allowed into their range. The home pack will protect its area with howls, whines, and barks to warn intruders that they are not welcome.
According to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, a coyote's howl is a high-pitched cry meant to signal other coyotes and animals in the area.
If they linger or approach, it's time to begin “hazing.” This is a term applied to the following actions that can be taken to scare coyotes and chase them away: Be as big and loud as possible. Do not run or turn your back. Wave your arms, clap your hands, and shout in an authoritative voice.
Generally, there is nothing to be concerned about when you hear coyotes calling. If the animals are not showing any aggressive behavior toward humans or pets, just listen and enjoy the wild canine song.
Effective hazing noises that can deter coyotes include shouting authoritatively, making loud and startling banging noises, and sounding sirens and alarms.
Where Can Coyotes Hide During The Day? Coyotes hide in covered open areas, raised grounds, or in dens during the day. Dens are most commonly seen in parks and forest areas, shrubbery, preserves, golf courses, and other such regions. These are difficult to come by in urban areas.
Coyotes are not strictly nocturnal. They may be observed during the day, but are generally more active after sunset and at night. You may see and hear coyotes more during mating season (January - March) and when the young are dispersing from family groups (October - January).
Coyotes are primarily a nocturnal predator, and while you can successfully call in coyotes using various calls during the day, calling them into effective range during the dark hours of the night is extremely effective. Not only are coyotes most active at night, but they are also at their most vocal in the darkness.
Pups stay in the den for about six weeks and then begin traveling short distances with adults. By the end of summer, pups are spending some time away from parents and attempting to hunt on their own or with siblings.
Signs of Coyote Presence
Seeing a coyote during the daytime is a sign that you need to be more serious about your life ambitions, according to folklore. Exciting life events will come sooner than you expect, and you're in the right place at the right time.
The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large:
Coyotes have a strong sense of smell, which they use to find food sources and hunt in packs. You can take advantage of this by repelling them with smells they dislike, such as wolf urine, white vinegar, strong perfumes, and cayenne/chili pepper.
Lights are another way to repel coyotes. Coyotes don't like loud noises and flashing lights. Installing motion-sensor lights, or like, launching a night club, in your yard will help to discourage coyotes from prowling there. Your neighbors will prefer the motion-sensor lights to the raging bass and colored strobes.
Unsecured trash cans, pet food, food scraps, and bird feeders will all attract coyotes to your yard. If you have shade or shelter on your property, coyotes may view your yard as a rest site.
Should you be scared if your dog barks at a coyote? Dogs can smell and communicate with wildlife, including coyotes, via howling, barking, whimpering, sniffing, eye contact, and body language. Barking can pique a coyote's interest, although it is more likely to scare it away after they notice a human is present.
It honestly depends on the area you live in, and how well adjusted the coyotes are to living around humans. In some places, you may be able to turn on your porch light and scare nearby coyotes away, and in other places, this may do nothing to startle them at all.
If you have a coyote in your neighborhood, it's probably passing through looking for food. However, if it can find what it wants stress-free, it just might stick around. Coyotes are naturally very shy, wary animals. They will avoid humans and attempt to access food unseen if at all possible.