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Old 05-13-16, 08:52 AM
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What to do after you've seen the coyote?

I was riding home last night t about 9:45 when I spotted a pair of predators eyes shining back at me. I was riding on the bike path that's in an area of older suburban sprawl that I've used for many years, but haven't seen any animals like this before. I stopped an shined my lights at the coyote enough so that it ran off into the darkness away from me, and later figured I should have turned the flashing lights on to scare it away more. It looked like a case of them being more afraid of me than me of them, but I figured I'd ask to see what others have done in a case like this.
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I was riding home last night t about 9:45 when I spotted a pair of predators eyes shining back at me. I was riding on the bike path that's in an area of older suburban sprawl that I've used for many years, but haven't seen any animals like this before. I stopped an shined my lights at the coyote enough so that it ran off into the darkness away from me, and later figured I should have turned the flashing lights on to scare it away more. It looked like a case of them being more afraid of me than me of them, but I figured I'd ask to see what others have done in a case like this.
I'd do just almost what you did. Ride home, but not post it up on BF.
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I'd do just almost what you did. Ride home, but not post it up on BF.
I'm going to count on the anonymity of the internet to protect me from too much embarrassment.
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I'm going to count on the anonymity of the internet to protect me from too much embarrassment.

I've admitted to talking to deer, and even barking at them, on my commutes. Much better than having them startle and dart into me.
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Coyotes are skittish. I would just have gone past, not even bothered stopping.
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Any adult has nothing to fear from a coyote (unless I guess if it's rabid). A wolf on the other hand, that's a different animal...
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I see coyotes on the ARBT all the time. With all the rabbits, voles, and housecats to choose from, they don't give me a second look.
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Stare at him intimidatingly while you slowly draw your mountain lion knife
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Stare at him intimidatingly while you slowly draw your mountain lion knife
That link is pretty funny, thx for posting it! I love how most of the responders all try to outdo each other in explaining why a knife is useless protection against a mountain lion, and completely miss the point that OP knows that, and what he really wants is a knife that will placate his wife.
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I know of one story where a coyote bit a bike rider - they assumed rabies but didn't get the animal for testing.
http://www.bikeforums.net/northern-c...-diablo-2.html

Usually the coyotes will keep their distance, although it frequently seems like the distance ought to be a bit bigger.


Sometimes they'll follow MTBs on trails because they scare up the ground critters for easy lunch buffet.
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I would typically talk to it, or other animals, or inanimate objects in nature. Now if only my wife could get me to talk in social settings.
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i would have at least had the decency to ask if it wanted a ride
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i would have at least had the decency to ask if it wanted a ride
That reminded me of when I used to come across this scruffy goth dressed guy on his skateboard in the mornings. I would offer and give him a tow sometimes.
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I drop an anvil on them off a high cliff. Make sure it is an Acme brand.
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I drop an anvil on them off a high cliff. Make sure it is an Acme brand.
Meep-meep. Zoooooooooooooooooooooooom. (dust cloud)
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Treat them like cats. Take their picture. They pose no threat.
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I do have a few chickens at home. I could have offered it a snack.

Oh, wait, that is why the chickens get penned up at night!!!
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My house backs up to a public park which is sprawling, near a creek and home to families of coyotes, skink, mink, opossums, ducks, geese, turtles, beaver and salmon. Coyotes are more afraid of us than we are of them. Shine a light on them or make a lot of noise - also make yourself look bigger.
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So, why do dogs chase bikes, and coyotes (and I assume dingoes) shy away from them? Wolves?

Is it all about territorial and perhaps den/nest behavior?

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Coyoties are harmless, I've had them follow me on a tractor when mowing a field, but if I stop and make eye contact they run away
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Originally Posted by joeyduck View Post
I would typically talk to it, or other animals, or inanimate objects in nature. Now if only my wife could get me to talk in social settings.
Maybe she just need to bring a coyote on a leash to your social settings to break the ice and get you talking.
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He needs a gun.

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I would typically talk to it, or other animals, or inanimate objects in nature. Now if only my wife could get me to talk in social settings.
Sounds like you (and maybe your wife) need to read this book.
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Coyoties are harmless, I've had them follow me on a tractor when mowing a field, but if I stop and make eye contact they run away
Sounds like buzzards following haying equipment for the "fresh kills".
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
My house backs up to a public park which is sprawling, near a creek and home to families of coyotes, skink, mink, opossums, ducks, geese, turtles, beaver and salmon. Coyotes are more afraid of us than we are of them. Shine a light on them or make a lot of noise - also make yourself look bigger.
That's kind of what happened. The bike trail I was on is under some big power lines that take up about half a block. One of the homes has a beautiful back yard that backs up on the path and the coyote looks like it came out of that. I was telling it to stay away from humans when I was shining my light on it and it was backing away. I've seen skunks, possums, rabbits, dogs and the most dangerous of animals (man) there but never a coyote, it was pretty startling.
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