Coyotes are in the same family as wolves, dogs, and foxes. At around three feet long and 20-50 pounds with a 16-inch tail, they look like a medium-sized dog from a distance. However, they are not quite so friendly as dogs. Run-ins with these animals are becoming more and more common in Tennessee.
You may have heard coyotes howling at the moon through the night. That call is how the canine communicates its location to its buddies, along with squeaking noises. The animals will travel as far as 30 miles in a night in search of food. They have extraordinarily adept senses, with their eyesight ranking in at six times better than men, and their smell 23 times better. Those same instincts that help them to hunt also help them to avoid being caught.
The female coyotes are irritable when they’re defending their young. Around February or March, they start digging out dens, often right underneath porches and decks. The animals are territorial and will become defensive of their dens. Around the start of Summer, pups are born four to seven pups at a time. That’s when the mothers can become especially nasty.
A bite or scratch from one is, of course, quite dangerous. It isn’t only their fangs and claws you must worry about. They are also known carriers of rabies, distemper, and canine hepatitis. You don’t need to come in direct contact with the animal for some of those diseases to spread. Distemper, for instance, can infect your pets through the bacteria in the coyotes’ bodily secretions, feces, and urine.
Even the smallest things make you vulnerable to a run-in with a coyote. A small pool of water, an uncovered barbecue grill, and even a garbage can left out for pickup can attract the animal. They’re omnivores and aren’t picky about what they eat. They may tear through your garden, ruin your landscape, kill pets and other animals, and then take off before you even see them.
Getting rid of them isn’t as simple as just catching one roaming around your neighborhood. You need an expert to go around your home and find out what might be drawing the animal to your property. Fences that aren’t secure need to be repaired; decks and porches should have fortifications added so they can’t dig under them, and anything that could serve as an easy meal or water source needs to be cleared out.
Clarksburg has fewer than 400 people living here, and the family that owns and operates Wildlife Prevention and Repair makes up five of them. We’re your friends and your neighbors, and we know word spreads here in Carroll County. That’s why we’re entirely dedicated to making sure we do the best job possible, whether you need an inspection, pest removal, home services, or repair work. Whatever you need, we want to help, and we want word to get around that you’ll never find a better company than Wildlife Prevention & Repair. We have developed and implemented coyote control methods and programs alongside some of the nation’s top biologists, and we have performed coyote control from Kansas to south Alabama.

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