Keeping your Dog safe from coyote attacks might not be a priority of yours, but it should. Too often, pet parents play Russian roulette with their dog’s life by thinking “My dog will never be attacked by a coyote.” This train of thought is dangerous and puts your dog at risk of becoming the next victim.
Should I worry about keeping my dog safe from coyote attacks?
Coyote attacks on pets in urban and suburban neighborhoods DO happen. In fact, According to Click 2 Houston, “Texas Parks and Wildlife conceded that coyotes have become a common sight in urban and suburban areas as housing developments have expended.” It has become more common to hear stories on the news like this one.
In the above reference case, Harris County man let his dogs, three schnauzers, out one evening while getting ready for bed. He heard, suddenly, howling and screeching. He first thought was that his dogs may have been in a fight with a neighborhood dog. Imagine how he felt when he hurried to his backyard to find a coyote chasing two of his dogs as they ran for cover towards the family home. What followed next was even worse. The man was alerted by screams in the distance, he discovered his youngest dog was being attacked by a pack of twelve coyotes. The distraught man tried to scare the coyotes away, but he had no luck. He fired his gun as one coyote came at him then rushed to his dog’s side. Unfortunately, his dog did not survive the attack.
Keeping your dog safe from coyote attacks is possible.
Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard, or anywhere else.
Pets that are unattended are at a higher risk of being attacked. This is especially important for smaller pets, who are often seen as prey. Although, don’t be fooled into thinking your larger animal is not susceptible to coyote attacks. Larger dogs may be attacked if they are perceived as a threat.
Fence your yard.
It is recommended, for optimum protection, that the fence installed be at least six feet high. It should also go underground by at least 6 inches. If you’re not able to do this, the fence can also be parallel to the ground, but should be adhered by landscaping staples. Additionally, PVC piping or a coyote roller should be placed up top thereby making it more difficult for a coyote to scale your fence.
Don’t leave food and water bowls outside.
This includes feeding feral or outdoor cats in your yard as well. Food and water left out for your dog, or other pets, may attract hungry or thirsty coyotes.
Cover compost piles.
Also follow correct criteria when you do compost. Animal bones and fats are an open invitation for coyotes to come in your yard.
Walk dogs on a leash and stay alert.
When walking your dogs, especially at night, keep your dog on a close leash even if you think he’s trained to stay by your side. Also, it’s advisable to bring some protection. Mace and/or a noise maker will help you scare a coyote away if you see one that poses a threat. Just be sure to follow local ordinances regarding the use of either.
Try not to attract rodents to your yard.
If you have bird feeders in your yard, keep them elevated and not on the ground. Also, be diligent about cleaning up any seed that falls on the ground. Coyotes are not generally interested in eating bird seed, they ARE interested in the rodents that will feed on them.
Be especially aware of coyote threats during breeding season.
Coyotes will make themselves more known during breeding season, which is January through March. This makes them more of a threat to your dogs, and other family pets, during this time.
Remember, keeping your dog safe from coyote attacks, is not out of your hands. You should always be diligent about keep your dogs and other pets safe from coyotes and are known predators. Turning a blind eye towards known threats such as coyotes is never a good ideas. Follow and share these tips! Hopefully, it will be your dog’s good fortune to never come in close proximity with a coyote.