Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Protecting Pets from Coyotes

Protecting pets from coyotes is an important concern for many pet owners. Coyotes are wild animals and can pose a threat to small pets, such as cats and small dogs. Here are some measures you can take to help protect your pets from coyotes:

  1. Supervise outdoor activities: Whenever your pet is outside, especially during dawn, dusk, and nighttime when coyotes are more active, keep a close eye on them. Avoid leaving them unsupervised in areas where coyotes are known to frequent.
  2. Secure your yard: Ensure your yard is properly fenced to prevent coyotes from entering. Use sturdy materials for the fence that cannot be easily dug under or jumped over. Make sure there are no gaps or holes in the fence that coyotes can squeeze through.
  3. Don't leave food outside: Coyotes are attracted to food sources, so avoid leaving pet food, water bowls, or any other food sources outside. Clean up any fallen fruits or bird feeders that may attract rodents, which, in turn, can attract coyotes.
  4. Keep pets indoors at night: Coyotes are most active during nighttime, so it's best to keep your pets indoors, especially small ones. This reduces the risk of encounters with coyotes and other wildlife.
  5. Use deterrents: There are several deterrents available that can help keep coyotes away from your property. These include motion-activated lights, sprinkler systems, or noise-making devices that startle and deter coyotes.
  6. Leash your pets: When walking your pets, keep them on a leash. This ensures they stay close to you and reduces the risk of them wandering off or encountering coyotes.
  7. Be cautious during breeding season: Coyotes are especially protective of their pups during breeding season, which is typically between February and March. Exercise extra caution during this time and avoid areas where coyotes may have dens.
  8. Educate your neighbors: Talk to your neighbors about coyote prevention measures and the importance of keeping their pets secure. Collective efforts can help create a safer environment for everyone's pets.
  9. Report aggressive or problematic coyotes: If you encounter aggressive coyotes or notice coyotes displaying unusual behavior, report it to your local animal control or wildlife authorities. They can provide guidance or take appropriate action to address the situation.

Remember, while these measures can help reduce the risk of coyote encounters, it's essential to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings when it comes to protecting your pets.