The Wolf Conservation Center strongly believes that one of the most effective tools for creating advocates for our natural world lies in sharing our educational resources with our local and global communities. This page contains educational infographics to better visually assist these messages.
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Coyote Flow Chart:
Eliminating the mystery of how to respond to coyote sightings. This flowchart is intended to demystify what to do when we have coyote encounters. It is crucial that we become more familiar with typical coyote activity in order to effectively interpret normal vs. abnormal behaviors. Remember, coyotes are not inherently dangerous. It is only when they become acclimated to human presence – most often by consistent access to food – do they lose their natural wariness and increase the likelihood of negative interactions. Coyotes can relearn fear of humans, so we must employ our hazing techniques (scaring them off with the use of loud noises and exaggerated gestures) to discourage them from becoming too habituated.
Please read more about coyotes at this link: https://nywolf.org/2019/02/coyote-sightings-surge-but-wildlife-expert-says-theres-room-for-all/
The Perils of Rat Poison:
Rodenticides (or rat poisons) are commonly used to eliminate rats and mice from particular areas.
Though rodenticides are intended to only target rodents, other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits often mistakenly consume them as well. Poisons don’t work instantly and can cause an animal to suffer and become disoriented in the days leading up to its death, making them easy targets for predators.
Carnivorous species further up on the food chain, such as owls, hawks, snakes, bobcats, coyotes, even some house pets, will often prey on these vulnerable and sickly animals, thus becoming secondary consumers of the toxins. Birds and reptiles may succumb to this exposure to lower doses, while other carnivores such as bobcats and coyotes may continue to ingest the anticoagulants by unknowingly consuming multiple poisoned animals.
Please read more about rodenticides at this link: https://nywolf.org/2019/05/the-perils-of-rodenticide/
Tips for Coyote Encounters:
This 2-part handout outlines some general characteristics about coyotes, a few of the many ecosystem services they provide, and some useful coexistence methods. It also shares a handy mnemonic device designed to help people remember what to do if they do encounter coyotes.