Warning: It’s Coyote Mating Season And Your Pets Could Be In Danger
Lately many coyotes were spotted on the daylight, considering they are nocturnal animals not usually seen by humans.
Even if you do not see coyotes, they can live near you, they live in every state except Hawaii, they can also be found on Canada and Mexico, they almost never attack humans, but they can attack pets during their mating season.
Coyotes are on the prowl for food and a mate once mating season starts in late December. However, the peak breeding time is late February to March.
“Do not let your dogs out alone and don’t allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas. They’re also thriving in suburban and urban areas, and smaller towns as well,” the Humane Society of Granville County shared a warning to pet owners.
The post continued: “Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets). That risk increases during mating season.”
This warning is not limited to small pets or large dogs.
“Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with spayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes. Unneutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle. Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes.”
Coyotes are really smart animals, they follow and learn routines.
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“If you let your dog out every evening at 9 p.m., chances are that a coyote is well aware of your routine. He might be waiting in the shadows at 9 p.m. sharp. So change your schedule a bit, walk your dog on the leash close to you, and keep a close eye on them at all times.”
While most coyotes will avoid humans, others that are hungry will take the risk of leaping over fences to attack small dogs, cats, and any other small animals. Officials tell pet owners not to leave their pets outside alone, even if they have a fenced in yard.
Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter shared, “Dogs should not be left outside alone in an electric fenced-in area. Coyotes will jump over even high fences, so please alert your neighbors that they should not feel overly comfortable just because they have a fenced-in yard.”
The Humane Society of the United States tells pet owners to follow two simple steps to prevent coyote attacks. “Coyotes may mistake small, unattended pets as prey or attack large dogs they view as threats to territory or dens.
To keep your animals safe, take two simple steps:
1. Watch your pets. Keep cats indoors, and never leave small dogs outside unsupervised or let any dog out of your yard off leash.
2. Secure food sources. Store garbage in wildlife-proof containers and feed pets indoors.”
Share this information with your family and friends to keep all pets safe.