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NCWRC: Coyote sighting peak this time of year, canines rarely pose a threat to people

A coyote runs down the road in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. In 2018, more than 68,000 coyotes were killed in the U.S., including 5,600 just in Wyoming, under an Agriculture Department program.
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A coyote runs down the road in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. In 2018, more than 68,000 coyotes were killed in the U.S., including 5,600 just in Wyoming, under an Agriculture Department program.

Biologists with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission say there’s an annual peak of reported coyote sightings this time of year, typically from people who are concerned about the dangers they could pose.

But wildlife agents say they are not generally a threat to humans and the chances are very good that they have been in the area for some time.

Tips to make homes and neighborhoods less attractive to coyotes:

  • Supervise small pets when they are outside, especially around dawn and dusk
  • Keep cats indoors and poultry in a predator-proof run
  • Feed pets indoors or remove all food when a pet is finished eating outside
  • Store food waste in secure containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Keep birdseed off the ground around feeders, or attract birds with seed-bearing wildflowers in lieu of feeders

If someone sees a coyote near their home, officials say that if they feel safe to do so, they should scare it off by making loud noises, throwing small objects in their direction or spraying it with a water hose.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.