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Although coyotes are generally fearful of humans (adult-size at least), it does not stop them from wandering residential neighborhoods. These are opportunistic creatures; they will eat what they can find. Small animals are prey, and that includes small dogs and cats.
What can you do?
- Avoid taking your dog out between dusk and dawn.
- Never leave your small dog unattended in your yard.
- Do not leave food out for pets or wildlife. This will only attract unwanted visitors such as coyotes.
- Ensure all trash is kept in a secure receptacle and not accessible.
Keep in mind that coyotes can, and do, frequent all kinds of areas, even bustling cities. Pass the word on to others in your neighborhood, so they can take precautions as well. Vigilance can make a big difference in keeping your pet safe and sound, in spite of whatever visitors may come your way.