When Do Coyotes Hunt: Hunting Time & Techniques Of Coyotes

Want to know when coyotes hunt or how this ghost of the city hunts…..? Well in this article we will be knowing and discussing the time of the hunting and the hunting techniques of a coyote.

It would be really correct to say that they have become a ghost in the city because of their habit and talent of roaming in the nighttime to get food, particularly in the urban areas. When they are in the wild, any of us can feel great amazement if we see them hunting. In the wild, where its minimal human activity, they can be active in hunting throughout the day and also at night.


The perfect suitable time for a coyote to hunt is dark and during the morning time in urban places. They prefer hunting in the night and relaxing in the daylight but it doesn’t mean they don’t hunt in the day. The reason behind finding food at night, especially in urban locations is to avoid being visible to humans.

It is a feeder that will be doing anything to get its food. This member of the dog family primarily lived in open prairies and deserts but now they have colonized cities like Los Angeles and almost every part of the United States, except Hawaii.

In the cities and urban areas, they sometimes attack the pets and kill them in the daylight. Since they entered the urban parts of the United States, they have become habitual of hunting in the daylight and sleeping in the night. In other words, they have become adaptive to the human environment.

Hunting behavior of coyotes


The hunting behavior of a coyote is very different from other animals in the wild. However, they go hunting alone as well as in a pack. During the hunting, they don’t make so much noise while downing the prey because it may let their competitor know they have made the kill. Especially when they are in the wild the small mistake can bring their predator near the kill.

Do you know what coyotes eat….? A coyote can prey on small and medium-sized animals only. Besides that, they hunt in the pack for large prey. Among larger wild animals, coyotes tend to kill a young and inexperienced animals because those are easy to get down.

What time of year are coyotes more active?

What I have noticed about them is they are nocturnal or crepuscular so they are most active from late evening to early morning.  With the beginning of winter, coyotes become more active. During the winter they become less nocturnal because they mate in late winter so that they keep themselves in packs and travel together.

Their mating season starts at the end of December. So from December onwards to mid-March, there are chances you may see them in countable numbers.

Do coyotes hunt in the pack?

If you think that coyotes hunt in the pack only then you are wrong. The truth is, that coyote hunts alone and in the pack and that totally depends upon the size of the prey. If there is some big animal a single coyote will never dare to hunt it because it knows if it does so, its life can be in danger.


When it comes to the larger prey they hunt in a pack. Besides that, if there is some small and medium-size animal they can hang it down alone without any help from the pack members.


While hunting prey a coyote always keeps its eyes on predators and its competitors. When they hunt alone they always are so possessive for their kill and avoid sharing with the other members of the pack. On the other hand, if a kill is made by the pack, it’s shared among them.

In the pack they can kill a big animal easily and traveling with the pack is safer than being alone. Sometimes a coyote may put its life in danger while hunting alone because there are so many predators around especially in the wild. Besides that in urban and city or nearby areas, they see the pack very often. In the nighttime, you may encounter or see them but they avoid being visible to the human in daylight.

Will coyotes eat other coyotes?


Pack members fight so rarely and avoid killing each other but if there is some other coyote that really doesn’t belong to the same pack there are chances of a fight among them. During the fight, one is killed and becomes the food of others.

This animal is a cannibal which means it can kill and eat its own species and eat them. There are many incidents I have heard from coyote hunters during my research. They say they kill a coyote and leave it outside or in the night, and see other coyotes eating the dead one.

Coyotes hunt and kill many cows, deer, rabbits, elk, and pets and eat them so it seems important to control their population. Many of the hunters are taking them down and killing coyotes on a daily basis.

You know when coyotes hunt and about their hunting techniques…..? If you have any information about it, feel free to share it with us below in the comment section. Let us know if this article is helpful for you.

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4 responses to “When Do Coyotes Hunt: Hunting Time & Techniques Of Coyotes”

  1. Coyotes usually avoid attacking large animals, make sure if the marks on the leg of your horse are coyote’s marks. If they have attacked your horse, you actually need to be worried. Killing them is the only option that you have. If hunting is allowed in your area, hunt them down. If you can’t hunt them, you may take the help of some professional hunter in your locality. If hunting is not allowed, contact with nearby police station or wildlife centre for help.

  2. Bronwen Lee Avatar
    Bronwen Lee

    Thanks for this article. A neighbor’s cat is spending most of it’s nights in my garage because she insists on traveling around a large open field behind my house and I have seen coyotes out there in the night ; coming up from a near by river. Her real owner doesn’t bring her cats in at night. So this one spends her nghts in my garage. So I guess you could say she has two homes. I don’t know if that is OK but the plus point is that she is alive.

  3. Denny Preciado Avatar
    Denny Preciado

    I am having a problem with some coyotes. I hike the mountains every morning with a german shepard. In the last week I have had two different coyotes growling at me. Close enough to count their teeth. They seem to be trying to bait my dog to chase them. Is this normal.
    I have lived here for 15 years in a rural community never had a problem before.

  4. No, this is not usual you have to take care when you visit next time.

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