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Coyote Bites Individual in Mammoth Lakes

A video shared on the Mammoth sub-Reddit on March 13th captured a moment where an individual extended their hand towards a coyote in a Mammoth Lakes parking lot. The author of the video expressed a friendly gesture, saying “Hey there, little guy. I‘m here to help.” 

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While interactions like these may seem harmless or even well-intentioned, it’s important to remember the importance of respecting wildlife in their natural habitats. Encounters with wild animals should prioritize the safety and well-being of both parties involved, avoiding behaviors that could cause stress or harm. As communities continue to coexist close to the habitats of wildlife, raising awareness about responsible interactions can help with a harmonious relationship between humans and the environment.

Getting too close to coyotes can pose significant dangers to both humans and the animals themselves. Coyotes, while often portrayed as timid or harmless (or dropping anvils on cartoon roadrunners), are wild predators with instincts and behaviors that can be unpredictable at times. Approaching them too closely can provoke aggressive or defensive responses, leading to potential attacks and injuries.  

Additionally, human interference can disrupt a coyote’s natural behaviors and territories, causing stress and harm to their populations. It’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and avoid interactions that could endanger both parties, respecting the boundaries and ecosystems that wildlife inhabit.

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C Webb
C Webb
3 months ago

That’s very sad, but also not a smart move. Coyotes are WILD, maybe the person should use a Dictionary to review all the meanings of the word. Someone may have fed it prior and it thought the person was offering food. As Forrest would say “stupid is as stupid does”.

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