Coyote attacks on dogs, cats and humans have increased within the past 5 years nationwide. Researchers are seeing increasingly bold coyote behaviors, including:
- nighttime coyote attacks on dogs
- sightings of coyotes in neighborhoods at night
- sightings of coyotes in morning
- attacks on dogs during daylight hours
- attacks on dogs that are leashed and in their yard
- attacks on dogs contained by invisible wireless fencing systems
- chasing of joggers and bicyclists
- mid-day sightings of coyotes in and around children’s play areas
In suburban areas, coyotes can lose their fear of humans because of the abundant food resources provided. Unfortunately, their food supply may include family pets. Household garbage, dog food, and available water from ponds and landscape are also to blame. Intentional feeding of coyotes by residents is another problem.
What precautions can you take?
- Do not feed coyotes
- Keep dog food and water inside
- Keep garbage securely stored. Use trash cans with lids and make sure they cannot be opened easily
- Install a 6 foot tall Pet Playgrounds Dog Fence to keep your dog in your yard, and to keep coyotes out
What should you do if you encounter a coyote?
- Make noise to try and to scare the coyote
- Portable air horns, motor vehicle horns, slingshots and even rocks can be effective to scare coyotes away
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