Coyote in Port Hope
My husband and I walk our Dog (a Golden Doodle, 65 pounds) at the Rec Centre Area in Port Hope, Ontario.
Along a Trail, around the lower Soccer Fields, and I do this Walk, by myself every day, around mid-day. Been doing this Walk for over 2 years now, and never seen a Coyote. My husband and I do the Walk together in the evenings, around 6:00 p.m.
Last night, we spotted a Coyote on the Soccer Fields. He was just standing there staring at us. I'm a logical person, and pretty much realize they are probably more afraid of us, than we are of them. However, that changed, for me anyway, per the Coyote's reaction to us.
He was not fazed by us whatsoever. My husband walked right up to him, was within about 5 ft of him, the Coyote stood his ground, and just stared. My husband shouted at him, and he slowly made his way back into the Swamp area. Only to return 3 times, each time, just watching us. My husband approached him each time, and he did not run from him.
When we began to leave, the Coyote lay down in the grass and just watched us.
My concern, is the Coyote's reaction to us, he seemed unafraid of us, and our Dog (who is not a small dog). Our dog had no reaction at all, he just stared back at the Coyote.
I always felt, if I came across a Coyote on my Walk, he would run at the first sight of me. He didn't, I felt as though he was almost stalking us. I now have a real fear of them, validated or not. Should I be concerned, and should I continue doing this Walk?Hmmmm.... I'm not sure. I'd say to be cautious, and walk with another person and their dog - keep your dog on a leash.
Perhaps other readers will have more advice for you.
If anyone reading this can advise Melanie, please do so by adding a comment here - thanks!