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Attacked by a Coyote

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You might have a similar reaction to mine, a soft chuckle and… come-on, really, a coyote? I visited my cousin a few weeks back, as we walked the property behind their house she mentioned the coyotes being aggressive, running towards them barking, acting aggressive when they ride horses through, etc. I acknowledged her but inwardly I was very doubtful and even dismissed the idea for something more realistic in my mind, such as a female coyote trying to bait a domestic dog into the pack. We have all heard of and or seen this happen. 

However, a few days later I was reading through the IDFG news and what did I see? Headline news of a coyote attacking a skier in northern Idaho! Huh!? I laughed to myself and decided to search further and you guessed it…coyote attacks are legit and happening more and more on humans. 

There are a pile of reasons, many people point towards rabid animals when they attack humans but research would argue this in regards to coyotes. The attacks are more likely a result of over interaction with humans and lack of management through hunting and trapping. Which results in less fear from the coyote towards humans. And sadly enough the first recorded (adult) human fatality, from a pack of coyotes was back in 2009 in Cape Brenton Highlands National Park, Canada. 

Wow! A fatality from a pack of coyotes attacking is unthinkable for many of us. Investigation into this incident pointed towards coyotes adapting to hunt larger prey due to a lack of small game available. They even concluded that coyotes were effectively hunting and killing moose in this region! That is hard to imagine, but in recent years I have seen video of large groups of eagles killing mature elk in Montana, it is safe to assume there is power in numbers and that was the conclusion for the Cape Brenton victim. 

Now let’s be real, none of us should walk around in fear of our lives due to coyotes attacking here and there. It is very rare and highly unlikely to happen. However, the skiers in north Idaho or the mother in Alta, Idaho who was bitten in her own front yard, likely have a different outlook. Nonetheless, we have a God given instinct to look out for our own. Using common sense, being watchful and continuing doing what we already do…managing predators. Will all prove to keep us sportsmen and sportswomen at the top of the food chain where God himself intended us to be.

Food for thought…If these issues arise with coyotes, imagine where we will head with wolves as time passes? What are your thoughts, do you have any interesting coyote or wolf encounters to share?

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  1. Thanks Jordan, great article. If you have any leads on ranches/properties that are needing coyote control, please let me know….Respectfully, Greg Ferrera 208 559 0590.

    • Thanks Greg, glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been pretty successful getting permission to hunt predators…most ranchers have said yes. Good luck!

  2. Randall Miller

    I have had coyotes stalk me and my yellow lab duck hunting on Kesterson.
    And I have watched coyotes in a pack send a coyote in heat into our camp night after night for 10 days. And shining your flash light and you see many pairs of eyes lying in wait.
    This all happened in Los Animas Bay in Baja.

  3. Good article Jordan. It’s not a question that predators should be managed. Everyone including myself need to step up to the plate and help out. I have not experienced this kind of aggression yet but I can only imagine what will happen in the future.

  4. Edward Wright

    This was 20 years ago when coyotes in my home state hit epidemic proportions. We saw deer herd declines for a few years. Coyote hunting picked up and it’s better, but not fixed.
    Brother was deer hunting in ground blind early bow season. Heard whet sounded like a cat fight well into deer habitat.
    Next thing he saw was a big coyote walk up to him with a Tom cat in his jaws. With in 10 ft of my brother, no fear.
    Not an attack, but obviously no fear of man in this instance.
    Since then we in Ohio have seen dog kills on porches, and a mature buck killed by three coyotes on game camera. It exactly the same with alpha predators. Increase population above sustainable level , and contact with man reduces fear. To point of danger

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