"All animals stay away from human scent; we are destructive to them."
However, if provoked, trapped, or snared, the coyote would defend itself, Johansen said.
"Any time you're dealing with wildlife, you certainly need to be aware they're wild and should be avoided.
"Watch and observe from a safe distance. If you can get close to wildlife, that's an indication something is wrong with the animal."
Coyotes may become a nuisance to small pet owners and farmers with sheep. They are omnivores that eat anything from fruits and berries to small mammals.
In suburban settings, there have been reports of coyotes taking small pets, so Johansen advises residents not to let cats loose at night and to put away pet food, which serves as an attraction.
Local veterinarians haven't reported many cases of treating animals because of a coyote wound; Johansen said, "Most likely, if a coyote comes across a pet, the owner won't see that pet anymore. They (coyotes) are smart. They won't go for a hard kill; they want an easy lunch."
For hunters interested in coyotes, there is a year-round open season during the day.
Hunting in the nighttime with an artificial light is restricted to Jan. 1 to July 31. This was established to avoid any confusion between illegal deer poaching and coyote hunting.
Hunting these intelligent beasts proves to be a rewarding challenge.
The coyotes are smart enough not to fall prey to the light at night, so a hunter must be skilled enough to earn the pelt. In the trapping season, coyote pelts are often sold for supplemental income.
In the eyes of some, coyotes are just misunderstood.
"They're in the woods; we invade their home. We have to learn to live with them," Adkins said.
Johansen had a similar view.
"We just need to learn to adapt, and quite frankly, we have," he said. "The value or nuisance component of the coyote is in the eye of the beholder."
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