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michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/14/2012 20:58:21 MDT Print View

On a whim at about 6 I decided to do a quick run/ hike right by my house. Basically I drove about 5 minutes to a dead end and hiked about 2-3 miles before the sun went down at 7:40.

I can see the city lights and freeway under my tarp, I am posting this from my iPhone. I am glad I decided to stop ontop of this large hill, because I can hear coyotes just below the hill in the dried stream I crossed to get up here.

On my way here I saw one hide behind a tree and I just kept walking. Basically every 5-10 minutes they start howling and barking. There are what sounds like more in 2 different direction further away that communicate with each other.

They started making noise as soon as the sun went down, and I'm not sure if they are getting closer. This is really annoying. What is my plan? I already blew a whistle and yelled but I don't like being alone...

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Ugh on 10/14/2012 21:02:06 MDT Print View

I can hear about 4-5+ right below me starting to get worried, it was nice knowing you guys....

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
Surrounded by coyotes on 10/14/2012 21:07:09 MDT Print View

Can you start a fire, sometimes this will keep them at bay. I hiked before were I've heard coyotes in the distance, but they've never bothered me at night. I think a fire would help tough.


Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
fight them on 10/14/2012 21:07:57 MDT Print View

Coyotes are like dogs so if they do attack fight. Kick then in the face and use your treking poles to keep them at a distance. Likely their issue is more territorial than thinking yyou as prey.

Dont run from them as then you become prey. Being able to post here while backpacking is a great reason to leave the phone at home

Thayne N
(teethless) - MLife

Locale: Boston
oooooohh on 10/14/2012 21:09:42 MDT Print View

If you're like the average BPL'er get out that SAK classic and get ready to go to war!

Find a stick, it will give you piece of mind while the coyote's go do their thing elsewhere.

Chad Anderson

Locale: N. California
Re: Coyotes on 10/14/2012 21:12:10 MDT Print View

Coyotes typically make a ton of noise around sundown. I've had them come close to my tent on numerous occasions and make an awful racket. However, they've never done anything. I think it's fairly typical for them to be reasonably close to your campsite, but attacks are extremely rare.

Corbin McFarlane
(raven15) - MLife
Throw rocks, no cause for alarm on 10/14/2012 21:12:20 MDT Print View

You'll almost certainly be OK, just walk and don't act afraid. In a place like Utah people probably shoot them all the time, so they should keep their distance and mostly out of sight. Their behavior is not about you. But, if they get close, throw rocks and things.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Walk back to the car on 10/14/2012 21:13:15 MDT Print View

Grab your stick (see previous poster), and walk slowly back to the car. SLOWLY! Turn occasionally to keep an eye on them, don't let them sneak up behind you. Turn your headlamp/flashlight on and use it. If they attack, attack back! Whack 'em bloody with the stick and your SAK Classic!

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
coyotes on 10/14/2012 21:16:29 MDT Print View

I'd think you would be contacting someone other than gear geeks in the vortex if you were in some serious trouble. Liam Neeson would know what to do... do you have some sharp sticks and some spare shot gun shells?

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 21:18:04 MDT Print View

I have a little 2 inch fixed blade and a headlamp and whistle on my pack. I have one stick but its holding my tarp up not sure if I should use that. I'm laying down in my bag because its cold... Not sure if I should get out now.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Eh on 10/14/2012 21:20:37 MDT Print View

I'm not sure if ibshod leave or wait it out. I researched it online and I read they hunt at night so idk.

Thom Power
(thomasp) - F
coyotes on 10/14/2012 21:21:07 MDT Print View

i went through this last week. keep your trekking poles handy and if they get too close a rock can do the trick. i ended up making a five hour trek at midnight to the nearest highway and eventually hitched a ride back to the city. the ride turned out to be scarier then the coyotes. one of those out of the pan into the fire scenarios. that night the coyotes were coming right up to my tent but that had never happened before and more than likely won't happen again. hopefully they will move on in a bit. how are you holding up?

if you decide to leave walk calmly. do not run.

Edited by thomasp on 10/14/2012 21:29:32 MDT.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/14/2012 21:21:54 MDT Print View

Move into the city. The rest of the world we share with all its other creatures.
In the meantime, if they come anywhere in the vicinity of your home, never keep a pet chained outside where they can get at it. I wouldn't let pets run free either, but at least that way, they have a chance.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 21:26:40 MDT Print View

Leave or stay? It's a good 2 miles back into a neighborhood wtd

Chad Anderson

Locale: N. California
Plans on 10/14/2012 21:26:42 MDT Print View

Were you planning on spending the night? I wouldn't change my plans because the Coyotes are hanging around. They're just doing what Coyotes do. They can be a real pain for sleeping, but typically they don't keep it up the whole night. Around here, I've found that they usually make the most noise earlier in the night and then again before sunrise.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/14/2012 21:34:55 MDT Print View

Strap raw meat to your body, coyotes hate the smell of death.

Unfortunately this will immediately attract the attention of any Lady Gagas within a 100 mile radius, and those WILL attack you with debilitating howls, fangs, and claws first chance they get.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
rock on 10/14/2012 21:36:50 MDT Print View

I can't imagine coyotes hanging around if you tagged one with a good sized rock. Just act aggressive, pretend you're a drunk frat boy at a party. Raaawwwwr!

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 21:38:17 MDT Print View

Yeah I was planning on spending the night but I'm not sure ill get much sleep. They might be walking around me I hear 1 or 2 in a slightly diff spot

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Re: Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/14/2012 21:42:23 MDT Print View

You should drink all your whisky in one huge chug, and then get out of your tarp, say, "I'm sick of these motherf$%ckin coyotes on this motherf^%ckin' hill." and unleash a 20 minute long obscenity-laden tirade at the coyotes, hurling rocks and sticks the whole time. Then, exhausted, go to sleep. They'll realize you're not fit for eating.

But really, coyotes aren't normally a bother.They yap, sound demented, but prefer to eat rabbits and bugs.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
look at it differently on 10/14/2012 21:42:55 MDT Print View

Try to look at it differently. The rest of us are bored at home and you get to hang out with nocturnal predators in the woods. I'm jealous.