Staying with their biological parent is their best chance of survival.


Currently, there are no licensed Rehabilitators in the state of Connecticut to assist with coyotes - DO NOT attempt to touch or interact with a pup or an adult. For further assistance, contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011
A typical coyote resembles a small German shepherd (domestic dog) with behaviors to match. Like dogs, bears and raccoons, coyotes are natural omnivores and eat a variety of foods from fruit, nuts and berries, to insects, small mammals and birds.

Both coyote parents (the Alphas; male & female) assist with the care of the pups as a family unit. Though coyotes are biologically able to reproduce with domestic dogs, due to short fertility times of the coyote and the absence of the dog parent, they rarely do.

Mated pairs maintain territories which are scent-marked and defended against other coyotes as well as foxes. 

Family groups yelping in unison can create the illusion of a dozen or more performing together. Coyotes are most often heard around dawn and dusk.

Both adult males and females will come to the aid of a crying pup. This demonstration of care and affection has routinely been used against them by hunters.
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"I saw a coyote pup slip into a sunflower field as I drove down the road, so where there is a pup, alpha coyotes must be close by. After starting to call by the sunflower field on stand 3, the alpha male let loose behind me and I knew it was bad news as that was the only direction the wind could be an issue. I got aggressive hoping the female was in a different location and she was. A minute or so later, she came in to find me instead of an intruder."

There are, of course, more civil and humane ways of coexisting with wildlife. Like all wildlife, coyotes are natural to the ecosystem and require respect.


Although some coyotes may exhibit bold behavior near people, the risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low. This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food. DO NOT feed them - Coyotes can/should feed themselves.

This farmer uses secure fencing and guardian animals to speak to the coyotes present on his farm. The companion animals know and understand what the farmer wants and that is relayed to the wild coyote.

"It is important to keep the same family of coyotes on your farm…they know you and you know them." 

Boundaries are set and both sides learn to adapt peacefully. "Our dogs 'speak' coyote - It's so enriching to watch our domestic dogs speak to our wild dogs (coyotes)", one farmer says.
"In Spring, it's time for all good coyote parents to hunt for their new pups. 

Of course this can, at times, really anger the Pyrenees (domestic dogs) who are in charge of our south barn and pasture. Since their hunting duties are much heavier during this time of the year, it can cause them [coyotes] to take more chances than usual. The dogs handle it well."

Cats should be kept indoors or in an enclosed area, particularly at night. Small dogs should be on a leash and under close supervision at all times. 

The installation of a kennel or coyote-proof fencing is a long-term solution for protecting pets. In addition, homeowners should eliminate other sources of attraction to coyotes including pet food left outdoors, table scraps on compost piles, and decaying fruit below fruit trees.

You can attempt to frighten away coyotes by making loud noises (shouting, air horn, or banging pots and pans) and acting aggressively (e.g., waving your arms, throwing sticks, spraying with a garden hose). 

Similar Species: Wolf
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Currently, there are no licensed Rehabilitators in the state of Connecticut to assist with bobcats - DO NOT attempt to touch or interact with a kitten or an adult. For further assistance, contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011

The bobcat is the only wild cat found in Connecticut and its status has changed dramatically in our state. By the early 1970s, the bobcat fur trade raised serious concern and the bobcat was reclassified as a protected furbearer in Connecticut with no hunting or trapping seasons.

Like all wildlife, bobcats are natural to the ecosystem and require respect. The natural diet ranges from cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, birds, and, to a much lesser extent, insects and reptiles.

One to four (usually two) kittens are born in April and kitten survival (a major factor in annual bobcat population) is linked to food abundance. 

With deer populations fluctuating with each human encounter, natural predators hang in the balance.

Bobcats are most active just after dusk and before dawn, so drive cautiously at night and pay special attention to areas near water sources (a destination for many animals). 

Secretive, solitary, and seldom observed, they tend to hunt and travel in areas of thick cover, relying on their keen eyesight and hearing for locating prey. 

Currently, there are no licensed Rehabilitators in the state of Connecticut to assist with bears - DO NOT attempt to touch or interact with a cub or an adult. For further assistance, contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011

It is important for residents to learn the facts about black bears and how to coexist with them. 

Black bears are the smallest species and therefore, "spook" easily. Unlike larger bears (ex: Grizzly), Black bears will run, rather than stand their ground. In addition, unlike larger bears, Black bear mothers teach their cubs to climb while she retreats to divert you away from them. 

Eradicated for many years, the return of this native omnivore should be welcomed and respected. Learn to "speak bear", because they are doing their best to speak to us:
Native Americans have co-existed in North America for thousands of years. 

The Yavapai people even considered bears as humans and would not hunt them.  
Bears require respect (regard, consideration, heed, concern and deference) and have also long been an important part of the ecosystem, Native American rituals and celebrations. 

Black bears are impressive animals and have recuperated in number in the 1980's from the almost extinct, dwindling population numbers of the 1800's.

Black bears are extremely intelligent and adaptable, and frequently take advantage of easy food sources such as garbage cans, pet food that has been left out, and bird feeders. They have been known to open car doors, gate latches and coolers to access food, so keep everything locked.

Odor from carelessly stored food and garbage can lure bears long distances. Climatic factors, such as drought, may result in a food shortage, causing bears to travel many miles in search of food.

Black bears are generally shy and secretive and usually fearful of humans. However, if they regularly find food near houses and areas of human activity, they can lose their fear of humans. Unlike grizzly bears, black bears are seldom aggressive toward humans. 

However, should you feel threatened or the need to defend yourself, Bear spray (similar to pepper spray) is perfect. It will not kill or mortally wound the bear, but give him/her a new-found fear of people.

Bears are omnivorous; they eat grasses, forbs, fruits, tubers, nuts, and berries. They also will seek insects (particularly ants), scavenge and raid bird feeders and garbage cans. When food becomes more scarce, bears will naturally prey on small mammals, deer, and occasionally livestock if more accessible.

Black bear attacks on humans are exceptionally rare - but be cautious. DO NOT wear cologne/perfume or scented deodorant and carry pepper spray and an air horn to be safe. 
In their home territories, bears may mark trees (called “bear trees”) along their travel routes by clawing and biting the bark. Black bears are good tree climbers and strong swimmers. They also can run up to 35 miles per hour. 

Bears commonly den from late November through mid-March, under fallen trees or in brush piles, rocky ledges, etc.

As bears become more regular residents of Connecticut towns, it is important that people learn to adapt to the presence of bears and take measures to avoid damage and problems.