Joggers, BEWARE!

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Real Estate Agent with (909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveRanchoCucamonga.com BRE# 01169000

Coyotes are no strangers to the surrounding foothill communities of Rancho Cucamonga. 

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We've always warned our kids not to panic if they found a coyote wandering in the neighborhood. But to definitely stay clear. Coyotes are a part of our natural environment and have coexisted peacefully with humans for thousands of years. They are normally fearful of humans, but tend to come into our environment in search of food, water and shelter since they are having a harder time finding food in their natural habitat.

As we come closer to spring and began to spend more time outdoors, coyote sightings are on the increase. My Daughter came close up and personal with a not so wily coyote as she jogged down Wilson just North of Chaffey College early this morning.  I don't know who was panicked more - her when she saw it so close or me when she told me the story!

She stated that the coyote seemed to be testing his boundaries and did not appear to be at all afraid of her, but fortunate for her it didn't appear that hungry either. She said it ran about 20 feet in front of her and then turned and stared.  She immediately crossed the street and without taking her eyes off of it, began looking for something to pick up and throw if it became necessary.  Just as real panic began to set in, she said a car passed, blew its horn startling the Coyote who then ran off down the drive into the Chaffey College preserve.

Even though Coyotes are not generally known to attack adults unprovoked . . . Joggers, BEWARE! 

Homeowners be cautious and take heed to the following tips from the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care to help you avoid attracting coyotes to your property.  Coyotes are very nimble and clever and have been known to scale any fence if the reward on the other side is sufficiently tempting:

  • Don't leave small children outdoors unattended or unsupervised.
  • Don't keep your pet's food outdoors.
  • Keep your small pets indoors.
  • Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container.
  • Use yard lights or motion detectors to frighten them away.

Needless to say, tomorrow morning my Daughter's run will include pepper spray and her Pit Bull Terrier, Ryder.

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Coyotes are afraid of humans! 

March 02, 2010 03:46 AM #1
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Coyotes are a wide spread problem and yes we even have them in Metro Atlanta.  They are known to attack cats and small dogs.  And their dens have started to be found closer and closer to our houses.

March 02, 2010 04:14 AM #2
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I'm not sure if coyotes have made it as far south as Sarasota, but I heard they're in north Florida. I thought they were afraid of humans, too.

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cute little critters. . a spray of mace should suffice instead of trapping them

March 02, 2010 05:16 AM #4
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Those animals wouldn't seem like they are dangerous but they sure are.  A few years back my dog a German Wirehair Pointer was up on the hill, he stopped for a second then turned and was running as fast as he could down the hill towards me, right on his tail were 3 coyotes chasing him.  I was yelling and running towards him as he got closer the coyotes saw me and stopped, lucky for my dog he was dang near as fast as a grey hound so they couldn't catch him, but none the less I thought my dog was going to be their dinner.

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Good advice. We even have some urban coyotes in Maryland but sightings are rare.

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