Time and again I hear of coyote attacks in our area. Today, it’s news in the Chicago area, and it’s nothing new. Too many people still don’t realize that yes, coyotes may well be in their neighborhood – no matter where they live. And not taking precautions against this possibility can lead to an unnecessary tragedy.
|Source and Story: WGN TV|
Unfortunately for many of those who face losing their beloved pet to a coyote attack, it’s often the first time they’ve learned that coyotes can even be by them. We all think of distant rural, wildlife-populated scenes when we picture coyotes. But they roam wherever they must in search of territory, food, and shelter. And urban areas can be an attractive destination for a coyote looking for a smorgasbord of dining fare.
Although coyotes are generally fearful of humans (adult-size at least), it does not stop them from wandering residential neighborhoods. These are opportunistic creatures; they will eat what they can find. Small animals are prey, and that includes small dogs and cats.
What can you do?
- Avoid taking your dog out between dusk and dawn.
- Never leave your small dog unattended in your yard.
- Do not leave food out for pets or wildlife. This will only attract unwanted visitors such as coyotes.
- Ensure all trash is kept in a secure receptacle and not accessible.