BTB Contributor Brett Fish took these amazing photos of a local Coyote pup, caught recently playing with various toys, including some not-so-toy like ones such as a garden hose and a rug (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
“Mysteries finally solved!” Brett told us. “Old shoes, various toys, balls, a plastic funnel, a Frisbee plus other odds and ends have been showing up in my yard.”
“The local Raccoon population and neighbor dogs were the first suspects.
This coyote pup is becoming a regular visitor and apparently plays with all kinds of “chew toys” just like a misbehaving puppy. The culprit chewing up my garden hose was finally caught with a mouthful of evidence. Deck mats seem to be fascinating too.
The behavior of coyotes and domestic dogs is similar at times but should we should be cautious around them. They have a lot of teeth!”
As we’ve mentioned before, always be wary of your pets, and heed this advice from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife  if you encounter a Coyote:
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Coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. However, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its young. Never instigate a close encounter.
If a coyote ever approaches too closely, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal. Wave your arms, throw stones, and shout at the coyote. If necessary, make yourself appear larger by standing up (if sitting) or stepping up onto a rock, stump, or stair. The idea is to convince the coyote that you are not prey, but a potential danger.
Where coyote encounters occur regularly, keep noisemaking and other scare devices nearby. A starter pistol can be effective; so can a vinegar-filled super soaker or a powerful spray of water from a hose. Where pyrotechnics are out of the question, construct a “clapper” (Fig. 5). A solid walking stick, pepper spray, or paintball gun are powerful deterrents at close range.
If a coyote continues to act in an aggressive or unusual way, call your local wildlife office or state patrol.