A Short Guide to Owning a Pet Coyote
For the most part, people try to get rid of them; however, there are some people that wish to have a pet coyote. Although a pet coyote might not be at the top of some people’s lists when it comes to the ideal sidekick, there are many people that enjoy having them. Still, they should be regarded as wild animals and special care and caution should be used when domesticating them.
Despite the fact that the Roadrunner cartoons often portray Wiley E. Coyote as silly and dense, in real life, coyotes are very cunning, smart, and even have a sense of humor.
The coyote is a related to the wolf and the domestic dog. He is often referred to as the “prairie wolf” because he is native to the prairies, although he can be found all over the United States. He can be found everywhere from mountainous regions to even cities and suburbs. Many people find the coyote a nuisance as they can attack livestock, plants, pets, and even people when they are provoked.
If you want to have a pet coyote, then you should first ensure that it is legal in your state to have one. Some states classify coyotes as “exotic animals” and do not allow private citizens to keep them as pets. Other states have laws that state that if you already had a coyote as a pet before there was a law initiated then you can keep it, but you can’t get another one or a new breed of that animal. That would mean that if you had a male and female, they would not be allowed to produce an offspring.
If you have a pet coyote then you should be aware that your pet will have a very varied diet. Coyotes enjoy eating everything from meat to insects.
Coyotes also like to play and can find amusement in an assortment of things, from traditional dog toys to pieces of garbage. Once the coyote is familiar enough with a person, he might even include them in his game, too.
For the most part, coyote pups are friendly and docile. They tend to bond fairly well with their human counterparts. As they get older, however, their natural instincts might come into play and they can become more aggressive. After all, they are predators in the wild. Don’t be surprised that if a neighborhood cat or dog goes missing; all eyes will be on you and your pet coyote.
You will probably find that your coyote is quite vocal. They like to bark, sing, and howl. This is true even if you live in town. They have often been called the “song dog” due to their tendency to sing into the night.
One problem that you might have with your coyote is if you suddenly have to give him up. Like most domesticated dogs, they can become very loyal and attached to their owners. This can make it difficult for your coyote to adapt to new surroundings. Also, a coyote raised in a domesticated lifestyle will not be able to adapt easily to the outside world. In fact, he shouldn’t be released into the wild at all. Although his natural instincts will help him to some extent, he might have trouble bonding with other coyotes and hunting.
If you do have to give your pet coyote up, then finding an animal preserve that takes coyotes in might be your best option. These give the illusion of living in the wild, but do so in a controlled atmosphere that might be more conducive to your domesticated pet.