How likely will a coyote attack a dog? It’s exceedingly rare for coyotes to attack humans but they will take mid-size or small dogs or cats or attack geriatric large dogs.
Do coyotes see dogs as prey? Coyotes may view dogs as a threat, or as potential prey, depending mainly on the size of the dog. Dogs and coyotes are close relatives, but how they behave around each other has not been well studied.
Why would a coyote attack a dog? They hunt more actively to provide for their young, and they also become more defensive of their territory. Attacks may be more likely during that time, but in winter when resources are scare, coyotes can also grow desperate for food and move into human domains, which can cause more incidents with dogs.
Will coyotes attack dogs in backyard? A labrador in Huntington Beach rushed in to help a Boston terrier after a coyote had sunk its teeth into the little dog’s head. Security video shows the coyote jumping into a fenced-in backyard to attack the 7-year-old Boston terrier named Sadie.