People report seeing a coyote in Great Falls

Posted at 11:32 AM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 13:32:04-04

There have been numerous reports of a coyote wandering the streets of Great Falls within the last 24 hours.

Several people have posted in Facebook groups about the coyote.

Sue Carnahan shared this photo with KRTV and wrote: "My daughter spotted a coyote across the street from her house on 37th street and 7th Avenue North in Great Falls."

The website provides the following information about coyotes:

  • Never feed coyotes – it endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
  • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night.
  • Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
  • Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside.
  • Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote.
  • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.
  • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.

The Montana Field Guide says of coyotes:

Utilizes almost any habitat, including urban areas, where prey is readily available. Prefers prairies, open woodlands, brushy or boulder-strewn areas. Coyote abundance is tied to food availability. Mainly nocturnal, true scavenger, territorial. Kills large animals by attacking the throat. Adaptable. Occupies diverse habitats.

Consumes a variety of foods and carrion. Will eat almost anything, plant or animal. Emphasizes small mammals, fawns, plants, birds, and invertebrates. During winter, often preys on adult deer. Commonly preys on domestic sheep. Rodents and rabbits important year-round. Grasshoppers, crickets, fruits may be used in summer and fall. Food habits vary between seasons and areas. Young deer, elk, and pronghorn in spring.

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