Spring is finally here, and that means warmer weather and baseball in the tri-state area of Ohio. It also means coyote mating season and an uptick in coyote removal services. In today’s blog, our nuisance wildlife management experts discuss coyote mating season, how it affects you and your property, and how you can mitigate these carnivores from getting close to your home.
Coyotes Are Territorial
Coyotes are very territorial. Males will howl more often in the spring because they’re trying to attract females. Mothers, once they give birth, will protect their cubs with their lives. Family members, including furry ones, are at risk for an encounter with coyotes during this time of year. That’s why you need to mitigate possible coyote encounters with proper nuisance wildlife management techniques.
Gestation and Birth
Female coyotes have a two-month gestation period before giving birth to an average litter of four to seven pups. These amazing animals have the ability to adjust litter sizes based on available food and population density.
Coyote mating season ranges from January to March, which means a mother will give birth between March and May.
Coyotes live in more than just the countryside. Coyotes have adapted to urban environments, and you may find them in parks, cemeteries, golf courses, wooded suburban areas, and even within a subdivision (like a newly built one). These canines will also eat human-related food, such as garbage scraps, fruit, and pet food.
Risks & Solutions
Coyotes have a keen sense of smell. When they smell food, they are drawn to it. If you store any pet food, do so in the garage in containers with a tight-fitting lid. Consider using an animal-proof trash can lid.
Coyotes can and will intrude on your property if they are close by. Sturdy fences can keep them out, as can dense shrubbery that’s low to the ground. Nuisance wildlife management often starts with preventing animals from entering your property in the first place.