Apparently coyotes like my hometown, Wheaton, Illinois. There’s been 20 reported sightings in the first half of this month. The city of Wheaton implemented a coyote policy in 2010. This is what they tell you to do when you see a coyote:
Make eye contact and yell at the coyote(s)
Wave your arms to appear as large as possible
Use a noisemaker or a whistle
Throw things at the coyote
Clap your hands
Run toward the coyote to scare it
Spray a hose toward the coyote.
Interesting. My first instinct when encountering a coyote isn’t necessarily to throw things at it or better yet, “run toward the coyote”. My guess would be, well, walk away, go inside, don’t pick a fight with a wild animal, especially since I don’t usually carry any sort or weapon or firearms with me.
“Things” is a rather vague term for something to throw at a wild animal. Maybe this policy allows me to throw fluorescent bulbs or used cans of paint since Wheaton really has no policy for recycling those materials.