Coyote information to keep your kids safe when hiking or playing in the forest
Enjoying nature with your little ones can be wonderful. Worrying they are going to be eaten by a coyote, not so wonderful.
How do you keep your kids from being a bite-sized coyote snack?
First, here is a short video on what is called Coyote Hazing, produced by our town.
We tend to stick to the same general area to play in the forest. This allows the kids to leave bigger projects like building shelters or obstacles courses or bridges they can come back to another day. In our familiar area of the forest we have never seen a coyote. However, a mountain biker we see a few times a week, told me that another hiker had been surrounded by a few coyotes just up the trail from where we go. Scary!
So we have taken a few steps to make sure the kids learn how to deal with coyotes.
- We have practiced putting your hands way over your head, (with a big stick is extra points) and yelling “GO AWAY!”
- We have played coyote many times, with the above, and making sure no one turns and runs, because apparently that can encourage coyotes to chase you.
- The two older kids, who occasionally go a little further than the younger kids, have very loud whistles.
- I have an air horn, which should scare off most animals.
- We are double checking any new areas we play in for brush or little shelters that could be used as coyote dens.
Has anyone come across a coyote in Oakville or otherwise?
This recent sighting makes me a little extra cautious, but it won’t stop us from enjoying the outdoors, and it seems to add to the adventure. The kids are even enjoying our new “Coyote” game and have added it to their rotation.