OHIO – The Ohio Department of Wildlife says that wildlife aggression of coyotes is high during the Late Winter season because of the Mating Season
The next 4-6 weeks is mating season for coyotes. Please pay attention to your dogs, or cats when outside. The outcome can be tragic as they can, and will attack your pets. Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February, and early March. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year. Keep your pets safe!
In 2020 a Columbus Police Officer was attacked by a coyote inside city limits around this time. That coyote attacked officers several times and even after being tased, had to be shot because of continuous aggression. The outcome of that investigation is not complete at this time but can demonstrate how these animals can attack
In winter, when coyotes may spend more time foraging for food, they can also be easier to spot on the snowy landscape or in areas with limited vegetation and places to hide.
Thompson acknowledges coyotes can be intimidating due to their apparent large stature and may be more bold this time of year.
“They may view other canines, including dogs, as competition. Likewise, they might approach a female dog in heat as a potential mate,” he said.
Still, he suggests that a few simple practices can keep most coyote encounters at bay.
- Keep your dog on a leash — even in a fenced backyard — and stay close, never leaving your pet unattended.
- Keep cats indoors.
- If you see a coyote at the same time and place more than once, change your routine as coyotes are generally creatures of habit.
- If you have a small dog and encounter a coyote, pick up your pet.
- If a coyote gets uncomfortably close, don’t turn and run. Instead, appear large, maintain good eye contact, and make loud noise.
Even a lone male can be aggressive and kill your pet. That’s what they do. They are killers. Just be aware it can happen to your beloved pet. Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, and the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year.