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Do coyotes attack humans?

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Coyotes have been known to attack humans, although the occurrence is fairly rare. Attacks on humans often involve animals that are being fed by humans.

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Fortunately, coyote attacks are largely preventable. Humans who knowingly feed coyotes put the animals in danger because it causes them to associate food with human presence. Although some humans purposefully feed wildlife, as they believe they are performing a service, others do so unwittingly by leaving unsecured garbage and pet food in areas where coyotes and other wild animals may be able to access them.

Coyotes may also attempt to attack smaller domestic pets, and attacks on humans are sometimes the result of people attempting to defend their pets. Because coyotes are nocturnal, bringing pets indoors after the sun goes down is recommended if there are coyotes in the area.

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