While wandering through the Rouge, it’s important to remember that you’re visiting the home for many different types of wildlife. One of the larger animals you might spot is a coyote, though they’re rather shy and hard to find. If you do encounter one, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Coyotes are usually wary of people.
  • They can become less fearful if they are fed, or associate humans with food sources.
  • Coyotes are most active at dusk and dawn.

For the safety of visitors and wildlife:

  • Always walk with a friend
  • Keep your dog leashed
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Never approach or feed wildlife

What to do if approached by a coyote:

  • Remain calm
  • Do not run away or turn your back
  • Slowly back away
  • Make noise, or blow your whistle if you have one

It’s unusual to see a coyote, and often they’ll run off as soon as they see you. By following these tips, we can all do our part to help keep people and coyotes safe.