Coyote mating season is here which means your pets could be at a higher risk of coming into contact with the animals. Typically mating season for coyotes runs from February to March and during this season the male coyotes become more aggressive. Your smaller pets could become food for coyotes and larger dogs are still at risk of being injured.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your pets are safe and protected during mating season.
- Keep your dog on a shorter leash and close to you when walking them
- If you see a coyote scare them away by making loud noise, yelling at them, waving your arms and making yourself look bigger
- Watch your dog even if you let them out in a fenced in back yard. Coyotes can jump a 6ft. chainlink fence and they are also smart enough to learn your daily routine. If you let your dog out every night at 9pm a coyote can figure that out and be waiting at 9pm on the dot. Change up your routine.
- Clear your yard of food scraps and bird seed.
- Keep a close eye on your dog if it isn't spayed or neutered. Coyotes can mate with domestic dogs and an unspayed dog in heat will attract male coyotes.
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