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How to Survive a Coyote Attack

  • Posted on Apr 18, 2019

Coyotes can be found all across North America and populations are known to be increasing, which is why every survivalist should be aware of their behavior. While they may once have been resigned to the wilderness, they are being found more and more frequently in our towns and cities (even in bustling cities like Los Angeles), so crossing paths with one or several is becoming more common. Coyotes are known for being wiley and opportunistic, which is why you should know how to avoid an attack if and when one (or a pack) comes snooping around your survivalist camps.

Coyote Facts

Some facts about coyote behavior for your doomsday prep:

  • They can run up to 40 mph
  • They hunt in packs during fall and winter
  • Size: from 32 to 37 inches long (head and body) with 16 inch tail
  • Weight: from 20 to 50 pounds
  • Mating season: January to March

How to Scare Off a Coyote 

Coyotes are getting braver and are becoming less afraid of humans, meaning they will often linger despite your presence. Hazing can be a particularly useful way of getting rid of them. Maintain eye contact with the coyote and wave your arms to try to appear larger. This can be combined with making a noise by either banging on a bucket or pot or shaking a sealed can filled with pebbles. You can also spray water towards it with a water gun or throw stones in its direction (not to strike it, just to scare it into retreating).

Remain facing the coyote at all times until it leaves. Turning your back on it could be an invitation to attack as it signals your submission.

Sometimes coyotes will follow humans. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to continue on your path. It’s likely the coyote is just making sure you’re not going anywhere near its den, so don’t approach the coyote. Only if the coyote begins to approach you, should you then begin the hazing techniques.

Precautions to Take 

It can be a good idea to consider wildlife precautions in your Dday prep, as this kind of knowledge can be particularly useful if and when you encounter a potentially dangerous animal. Coyotes can be dangerous. They can kill livestock and even pets, so if your dog will be at your survivalist camp then you will need to take extra care. Don’t leave pet food outside. If you need to feed your pet outside, be sure to remove the bowls as soon as possible and don’t leave any garbage around. A bear box can be a good way of keeping food items locked up and away from the nose of a coyote.

If you’re out hunting or hiking, keep your pets on a leash and if you have children, keep them very close to you, so they don’t appear too vulnerable. Also, let your kids know about the dangers and what they should do. Carry a water spray gun with you filled with water and vinegar.

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