Surrounded by coyotes need help
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Corbin McFarlane
(raven15) - MLife
imitate gun shot on 10/14/2012 21:44:08 MDT Print View

If you have a leather belt or similar you can fold it in half the long way, then push it so the center forms a misshaped circle while keeping a grip on each of the ends (one hand at the two ends and one at the former center). Then pull the "new" ends violently, so that the center of the circle comes violently together, in a decent imitation of a .22 shot. Might work.

But I reckon you'll be OK.

Actually I think Charles P has the best solution.

Edited by raven15 on 10/14/2012 21:56:39 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 21:48:06 MDT Print View

It's pretty windy 5-10 with gusts not sure if I should try for a fire, I'm in a really exposed grassy area basically. And fires are banned here.

Bud Chapman
(budman5) - M

Locale: Alaska
shake quiver and lose your bladder on 10/14/2012 21:49:59 MDT Print View

You go to the woods to experience nature...so enjoy this, it won't happen again..

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Don't worry about it on 10/14/2012 22:02:47 MDT Print View

I hope you're asleep by now but if not don't worry about it. Coyotes have never bothered a sleeping camper to my knowledge (yes I have read about coyote attacks, basically they involve toddlers in the daytime that look like prey you don't fit the bill). Its just part of the woods, don't worry about it (but maybe bring ear plugs next time.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 22:05:32 MDT Print View

Leaning towards staying, if I leave I will be walking right past them basicAlly. Phone at %16

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 22:10:49 MDT Print View

It's weird because I have never seen them in this area with all the running I've seldom done, but I've never been to this exact spot. I feel like I'm right above their den.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re re on 10/14/2012 22:13:06 MDT Print View

Stay, if they wanted to get you (hint they probably don't) they'd get you just as easily hiking out. I'm no expert but a bunch of coyotes yapping around does not sound like hunting behavior anyway. Stay were you are, if one comes close go after it aggressively with a light on and flapping a jacket to look bigger. My guess is you won't ever see them though.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/14/2012 22:25:14 MDT Print View

Had a pack of coyotes catch and eat a turkey just out of sight of my camp a few years ago. They howled and paced around all night long staying close by but only making a rucus until about 3am or so. Couldn't sleep because of the noise, but coyotes did not come into the camp area/firelight. If you feel the need to "do something", throw rocks, it might convince them to leave.

John Ebner
(JEbner) - M

Locale: Big Thicket
re on 10/14/2012 22:26:18 MDT Print View

This situation just begs for a video. Since you have your phone, do a video with a close up of your face and you talking to the camera with coyotes howling in the background. You know, "Blair Witch" style. It'll keep you occupied if nothing else.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 10/14/2012 22:58:58 MDT Print View

Heard them catch something they sounded relentless. Inns be hard to sleep with this paranoia. Phone getting low

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Gear: ? on 10/14/2012 23:34:52 MDT Print View

So you posted this in a gear section. I think this is a joke, coyotes got you scared? I remember my first camping trip... They maybe tracking a Samsqanch. Walk back to the car/home in 40 minutes and go to bed. Really?

Edited by KalebC on 10/14/2012 23:43:31 MDT.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
coyotes on 10/14/2012 23:35:45 MDT Print View

Do you have the app that makes cat "Meow" sounds?

If so, whatever you do, dont play it!

Will S
(Shadows23)

Locale: the mountains
"Surrounded by coyotes need help" on 10/15/2012 04:35:20 MDT Print View

Like others who've posted, I don't think you have anything to worry about. I welcome the sound of a coyotes howl and consider it a gift when I'm in the woods. Try to embrace the fact that you're among these animals, because going into the wilderness would be terribly bland without these experiences.

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Lighten up on 10/15/2012 05:42:38 MDT Print View

I agree with the others who say to not worry about it. There are about 3 coyote attacks per year in the US and Canada. 1/3 of those are due to people approaching or attempting to feed the animals. Given how many coyotes are out there, your odds of being attacked are near zero.

And, on a more general note, if you're afraid of coyotes, you should probably just sleep indoors. Personally, I love the sound of coyote howls, and if I heard a bunch nearby, I would fall alseep with a smile on my face, happy to know that local predator populations are healthy.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Re: Lighten up on 10/15/2012 06:57:38 MDT Print View

I too love to hear them, but do worry a little when camping with my dog (for her safety, not mine). Fortunately she seems to have the good sense to be afraid of them, at least I think her shaking is fear and not excitement. Her shaking does keeps me awake until the coyotes quiet down some and she settles a bit, that usually doesn't take too long though. At least that has been my limited experience with them.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Lighten up on 10/15/2012 07:28:11 MDT Print View

Get out your camera

Hopefully you're not eaten, or our levity would be in bad taste

I would be fearful in your case also, even though you're in little risk, easy for us to say

I've heard Coyotes once when I was sleeping, but they weren't real close

I often put a nice stick next to me when I'm sleeping for just such a case.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Oh crap! on 10/15/2012 08:51:45 MDT Print View

You're a goner, for sure.

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
coyotes on 10/15/2012 08:57:21 MDT Print View

Where I live, I have coyotes on my back acreage every single night. I hear them howling in my back yard, sometimes not more than 50 yards from my house.
Plenty of them.

They killed my Doberman. I know other people who have lost their pets to coyote attacks. Lots of farm livestock attacks around here too.

I don't think they'd attack you in a camp, but you never really know with coyotes. I didn't think they'd attack a 105 pound Doberman in my yard, either.

I just shoot them when I see them.

Edited by towaly on 10/15/2012 09:37:28 MDT.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Surrounded by coyotes need help on 10/15/2012 09:40:28 MDT Print View

Similar thing happened to me a few weeks ago in Washington State.

They would howel and bark for awhile then I wouldn't hear from them for a while. They did this a half dozen times during the night. Sometimes they would be closer and sometimes farther off.

They didn't come close to my tent or bother me but kit kept me on edge. I had my bear spray at the ready and a big stick.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Chill out that dance of the coyotes on 10/15/2012 09:42:57 MDT Print View

Michael,
The dance of the coyotes my family dog a male spring spaniel who loved to fight other male dogs and win fight with even rottweilers . Would take off for a couple of weeks to dance with coyotes. I guess to fight them and mate with them. He would come back pretty beat up after his fun but he did it a couple times a year.
I have come across and seen quite a few coyotes in my years working in our avocado grove and hiking.
Coyotes are more afraid of humans and hide or take off in my experience. Plus coyotes are small canine that weigh between 40 to 60 pounds. If attacked a good kick in the chest or fist in the head will take care of them because they find out your the alpha dog and run for their life . If that does not work a finger in the eye will also work.

Most of the attacks are in Southern California urban areas because of the over building encroachment on their natural habitat and they are searching for food. Because we took away their natural food supply.
Terry