Vocalizations are so much a part of a coyote’s identity that the species name comes from the Aztec word coyotl, meaning “barking dog.” Many people find coyote howls unnerving, as their big, hollow sound makes even one or two of the animals sound like a large group. However, intimidation isn’t the only aim of these noises.
Multi-Purpose Coyote Howls
A howl is used for communication, sometimes serving as a request for other pack members to check inor distract predators from a den site. Males also use the sound to warn others away from their territory. Beyond a coyote howl, sounds like huffs and yelps have other meanings. A huff is an expelling of air through the nose and mouth, used to express displeasure or quietly call to pups. Yelps are a form of chatter or bickering used among small groups.
The Sound of Trouble
The coyote howl sound is a clear indication to humans that the animals are nearby. Although they rarely attack people, their natural curiosity can lead to risky encounters. Small domestic pets are also in danger of becoming a coyote’s meal. To keep these pests unseen and unheard, contact the wildlife removal experts at Trutech.