Are your loved ones safe??
There's a misconception that coyotes are vicious animals who attack anything they may encounter. This is simply not true. While coyotes have been known to attack people and pets on occasion, these instances are rare. But measures can be taken to ensure your loved ones are protected.
Follow these helpful tips and reduce the risk!
Tip #1: COYOTES ARE WILD ANIMALS, NOT PETS!
Animal Services receives reports from time to time that citizens are feeding coyotes, purposefully leaving food out for them. As much as some coyotes might have the appearance and temperament of a dog, they are, and will always be, wild animals. Do not treat them as pets. The instant you begin feeding a coyote, you are putting yourself and loved ones at risk.
Tip #2: Do not leave small children unattended, especially during the evening hours
If you live in an area where coyotes have been reported, be sure to keep a watchful eye on children, especially when it's dark. Coyotes are generally not aggressive towards children, but sometimes they can mistake a child for a pet and provoke an attack. While this very rarely occurs, it's better to be on the safe-side and provide a "presence" outside with children.
Tip #3: Teach children never to approach a coyote.
Children of all ages are curious people, always wanting to get "a closer look" at something that interests them. Teach children that no matter how much a coyote may look like a dog, they must never approach them.
Tip #4: Secure your outside pets during evening hours.
Pets can be prey to coyotes. During evening hours, bring your pets indoors, or secure them in an outdoor fenced kennel. If your backyard is fenced, fences should be at least 6 feet tall and extend underground at least 12 inches.
Tip #5: Dogs should be kept on a leash at all times when taking a walk
Always keep your dog leashed on walks. If a coyote were to attack your dog, you have a mechanism in removing your pet from the situation.