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Coyote mating season is here

Coyote mating season is here and wildlife officials are warning people to protect their pets. Coyote mating season typically peaks from late January through March. Coyotes always pose a threat to small pets, but they can become more aggressive during mating season.

The Human Society of the United States recommends pet owners watch their pets and secure food sources.

Coyotes that have become dependent on human-associated food can become habituated and exhibit bold behavior toward people. A habituated coyote does not run off when chased, approaches pets on a leash, and approaches and follows people.

Here are 10 tips for protecting small pets from coyotes:

  • Use common sense when encountering a coyote
  • Never feed a coyote.
  • Check for coyotes before letting pets outside.
  • Never leave small pets unattended outside, especially between sunset and sunrise.
  • Never allow pets to run free outside.
  • Use a short lease when walking a dog.
  • Do not leave pet food outside. Feed pets indoors.
  • If you see a coyote on a trail, give it wide berth, keep your dog close, and make some noise.
  • Secure garbage with tight-fitting lids.
  • Keep bushy edges in the yard trimmed. Busy edges can provide cover for coyotes.
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