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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Jogging Hazard: Cars or Coyotes

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So im a city boy gone country..yeehaw! well, not even country country, but sort of. anyway. in my new neighborhood there are no sidewalks. across one semi-busy street from my neighborhood it gets more rural. farms, houses a 1/4mile to 1 mile apart...you get the picture.

I was jogging in my neighborhood. No side walks and at night, so I'm contstantly dodging cars. The dogs have picked up very well on the fact that we avoid cars. I'm always on the side nearest the car and keep them off on the shoulder. I do have a flashlight i shine on the road to help cars see me. with the hills and curves, the is the occasional car that suprises me a bit. I still feel like my game of "frogger" while jogging can be won though! it does get very annoying though switching sides of the road and dodging cars fairly often on our jog.

Then i decided to try out the country roads just outside my neighborhood. I started last Sunday during the day and did a nice 4 miles. Tuesday I went out again (only this time at night) after work for a jog. some where out there are some coyotes. I could hear them howling and making crazy coyote sounds haha. I really don't think they'd try to attack a human and 2 GSD's, but I have heard stories of very aggressive coyotes occasionally. I do carry a 3" knife on the jog for worst case scenario sort of stuff.

sooo....where would you jog at night? coyote country? or dodging cars on streets with no sidewalks?

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I'm in a very similar situation to you. No sidewalks, cars, coyotes, can only jog at night. . . . I bought a treadmill.


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Whats up Emoore! me jogging a treadmill would be a sin, becuase Cody has SO MUCH ENERGY to burn.

i do jog for myself, but exercising the dogs is the other real big reason why i do it. so i just need to choose between the lesser of the two evils

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That's a hard one. I suppose you hear of more people getting hit by cars rather than attacked by coyotes. I guess it would depend on how much traffic there is.

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Coyote country. Much less likely to kill you than a car. Get some Halt or Muzzle animal repellent instead of a knife.


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I use a lighted collar from petsmart for visibility it works well and costs $10.

As for coyotes they rarely attack grown men. They will harass loose dogs and try to lure them into an unfair fight, but I think they would avoid you unless you really surprised them. Pepper spray is pretty nasty and easy to carry.
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I think you can handle a couple of coyotes Josh.

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so the vote is coyotes over cars makes sense to me too. Hi Lauren!!!

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As for coyotes they rarely attack grown men. They will harass loose dogs and try to lure them into an unfair fight, but I think they would avoid you unless you really surprised them. Pepper spray is pretty nasty and easy to carry.
A man in my town was attacked by several coyotes while he was walking his Lab. They're getting bolder and bolder. The pack that lives behind my house isn't afraid of humans at all; they come right up to the fence when we're in the yard. Until we shot one.


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Even though I would probably choose Coyote country over being struck by a passing vehicle...
Remember: Running, fuels prey drive......if you hear them close by...perhaps stop running and start walking for a bit....

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