Living with Coyotes. And Keeping Cats Safe.

Fascinating coyote facts:

  • There are roughly 2,000 coyotes in Chicago. Chicago is a rare city that actually documents coyote sightings. What this means to you is that there are coyotes in every urban area. We’ve read stories of seeing coyotes casually sauntering down the streets of West Hollywood. Several months ago one was spotted 2 blocks from Cat Faeries office at 4:30am!
  • The presence of coyotes are beneficial to any community because a coyote will eat 5 rats a day, they’ll eat even more rats during pup season. (Spring/early Summer)
  • Rats and gophers are a coyote’s favorite foods. Next are rabbits. Sadly they will also eat cats and small dogs. Keep in mind, they would rather eat a rat than cat, but being opportunists they’ll eat what they can. To prove that cats are not an important or desirable part of the urban/suburban coyotes diet is this fact: 7 diet studies of coyotes nationwide found that the presence of cat hair/remains varied from only 0% to 2% (Seth P. D. Riley, PhD — Wildlife Ecologist, National Park Service and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles).
  • Coyotes and wolves hate each other. When there is a healthy ratio of wolves to coyotes there will never be an overpopulation of either species. Shooting wolves is not only vicious, it’s really stupid because it decreases the natural enemy of the coyote, and therefore the population of coyotes explodes. If left alone, nature will ensure that the populations of both species stays healthy and balanced.
  • Shooting or trapping coyotes are a completely ineffective and you cannot “eradicate” them. In fact eradicating coyotes is foolish, impossible (one goes away, another comes in) and worse, it’s just like killing cats during the Middle Ages: disease ridden rats will increase.
  • We know of one Northern California golf course which encourages coyotes because they eat gophers. Poisons and traps are not needed – money is saved! The environment is not polluted and is balanced

Keeping cats safe. And important tips for feral colony feeders.

  • Coyotes are the most active during dusk and dawn. If you do let your cat go outside for a bit of air and to sniff around do it after 10 am and before 3pm. You should probably not leave the cat unattended. Coyotes rarely if ever attack humans.
  • Keep those same hours in mind when feeding feral cat colonies. Stay and collect the food dishes and trays. That’s a good idea anyway, it’s not ok to litter or leave a mess for others to clean up.
  • Coyotes are smart predators, and just like a human stalker, they watch from afar and observe the habits of potential prey. Once they establish a pattern of behavior and activity they’ll make their move. It’s a good idea to mix up the routine to throw them off if you let your cat outside and/or suspect there are coyotes in your neighborhood.

This article is dedicated to a very well loved feline named Keystone Wolf. His human daddy is Robb Wolf, author, blogger, CrossFit trainer, and one of the top authorities on the Paleo Diet which your cat faerie follows.

We love the internet so much because we can share vital information with each other. Please pass our article on to your friends for it may save the lives of countless cats – and coyotes – who while they may be scary and creep us out (well, me anyway!), they are here, they are part of our world, and they serve a purpose. These two links will tell you more about Robb and Keystone.

The information in this article came from Project Coyote a very noble organization, and the folks who sponsored a lecture that I attended a few months ago at the San Francisco SPCA.

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