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Coyote ( Canis latrans ) interactions with humans and pets reported in the Canadian print media (1995-2010)

By S. M. Alexander, M. S. Quinn

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Interactions with coyotes are a growing management concern in urban North America. We conducted a content analysis of 453 articles addressing coyote events reported in the Canadian print media between 1995 and 2010. There were 119 articles about human-coyote interactions: 32 involved a coyote biting (26) or attempting to bite (6) a person. The first record of a coyote-caused human mortality in Canada occurred in 2009. Ninety-one incidents involved dogs, including 38 cases of coyote-caused dog mortality, of which 34 were small dogs. Eighteen small dogs were attacked in yards and eight attacks were preempted if a person intervened. Dogs were off leash in 92.3% of encounters; larger dogs were most frequently attacked while chasing coyotes. There were 32 reports of attacks on cats, and all were fatal. Avoiding food conditioning of coyotes, educating the public, and managing human behavior are discussed as means to facilitate coexistence with urban coyotes.

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 16
Issue 5
Pages 345-359
ISBN/ISSN 1087-1209
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871209.2011.599050
Language English
Author Address Department of Geography, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4,
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal ecology
  3. Animals
  4. APEC countries
  5. Canada
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Cats
  10. Commonwealth of Nations
  11. Coyotes
  12. Developed countries
  13. Dogs
  14. Humans
  15. Mammals
  16. Men
  17. mortality
  18. North America
  19. OECD countries
  20. Pets and companion animals
  21. Primates
  22. United States of America
  23. vertebrates