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Coyotes??? Really?!!!!

I live just outside Philly, and was just told that there have been coyote sightings right down the street from me. We're in typical suburbia, lots of wildlife but nothing like this. PA Game Commission was called, but they don't keep track of sightings and there is nothing to do. Apparently coyotes have been seen in all counties in Philadelphia and are not uncommon. Person who sighted them spoke with a wildlife control specialist who told them that lots of critters have been very active due to the warm weather. I guess I better keep an eye out for little Timmy, he's always with me on leash outside anyway. Do you think I should be concerned since he's not fully vaccinated and walks around the yard, since I'm sure coyotes carry the same diseases our pets can get. I don't want to have to call my vet if it's not necessary so I thought I'd get some other's thoughts on this.

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It's fairly common for wildlife to be found, especially in suburban areas. It probably hasn't been too long since that area was a forest or corn field .

I've seen a bob cat on main street in my town LOL. I don't let my Isabella out unsupervised . . .and coyotes really are far more afraid of you than you are of them and won't come anywhere near as long as you're out too




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We have a highwire corridor nearby. Herds of deer roam up and down it. About once a month, a pack of coyotes goes through. They usually hang out for 3 nights and move on. My dogs have never once bark and growl at the coyotes' yips. They stay huddled inside.

Nessie is as big as a coyote but she doesn't even ask to go out on the deck when they are near. The next morning, Jack and she spent hours sniffing all of the trails they left behind.

I probably would be cautious until Timmy is fully vaccinated.

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I'm in the same area as you. Yes, there have been coyotes here for years. There are actually coyotes with tags in Valley Forge Park area. This means they were brought in to the area.......

My guys walk all over that area. I make sure they are always close to me. I was told to carry a whistle, as coyotes are afraid of that. I keep my guys vaccinated against rabies, parvo and distemper by doing titers. I did ask my vet about Lepto. He does not give Lepto unless someone asks for it. Even though my guys go on regular daily hikes around that area, he didn't think I needed it. He said, " I know if one of your dogs was acting sick you would be bring them in right away". Caught early Lepto responds well to the meds.





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We live in a valley near the Columbia River. There is a drainage slough that serpentines through town - otherwise, we would probably be living in a swamp! It doesn't sound lovely, but I don't mind the slough - lots of wildlife in and along it, including possums, racoons, beavers, nutria as well as a lot of large and small birds/ducks, and I have been told coyotes have been seen along it, although I have not personally seen any. Our yard is not fenced, so these animals have been in it as well as a few off-leash dogs wandering through. We potty trained to the UgoDog for that reason - I did not want the Havs out there until their shots were complete. If our yard had been fenced, I probably wouldn't have been so paranoid about it.

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Yup, we live on a golf course near Cincinnati, Ohio, and yes we have coyotes. I sometimes sight one across the course. Keeper is never out alone. At night, if he smells skunks I think which live in the reeds on the pond, he refuses to go out. Smart little guy.

I would take care until the vaccinations are all in place.

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I heard it is good to carry an umbrella as well. Once opened, anything to look bigger and intimidating to the animal.
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Caught early Lepto responds well to the meds.
That's really good to know! I do not vaccinate Kodi for Lepto either, and though I know the vaccine is neither safe nor effective, I always worry just a little becuase we DO walk in the woods so often with Kodi. But like you, I watch him like a hawk. The moment he didn't look well, he'd be at the vet!


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We have a pack of coyotes who base their operations at the back of our farm. We don't see them very often, but we hear them almost every night. Kodi is never out unsupervised, and at night, he is never out off leash.

That said, our suburban coyotes are very shy. Just a human going outside the house is usually enough to send them scurrying for cover. That's not true everywhere... When we were in Nova Scotia last year, we learned that ther had been several HUMAN deaths from packs of coyotes in the National and Provincial parks, because they had become to habituated to humans in these parks giving them a hand-out. They warned that no one should go into the woods alone, that everyone hiking in the woods should carry a stout stick (and how to use it if attacked) and that dogs should be kept on 6 ft lead at all times. It's like the bears in our U.S. parks... People have caused these coyotes to behave in an unnatural way. In one campground, as we were setting up, someone came by and told us to be very careful of Kodi, as they had seen coyotes playing on our site the night before. sure enough, just after dark, they showed up. We made Kodi use his litter box that night!


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That's really good to know! I do not vaccinate Kodi for Lepto either, and though I know the vaccine is neither safe nor effective, I always worry just a little becuase we DO walk in the woods so often with Kodi. But like you, I watch him like a hawk. The moment he didn't look well, he'd be at the vet!
All I can say is this is what my vet told me. I don't know much about Lepto. I told him we hike in the woods and I was kind of leaving it up to him. He thought about it for a few minutes and then told me he thought my guys didn't need it because I bring them in at the slightest thing wrong. They cough and they are at the vets!!LOL





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