During coyote breeding season, the Missouri Department of Conservation advises residents to keep their pets indoors.
(KY3) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During this time of year, it's critical to keep a look out for coyotes in southwest Missouri.
The peak mating season for coyotes, according to Francis Skalicky of the Missouri Department of Conservation, is February and March. They have been known to assault your livestock and pets during this time, according to Skalicky.
[They] prey on livestock young, such as calves and lambs, and other similar animals, according to Skalicky. They can prey on pets in urban areas. You have to keep in mind those cats and tiny dogs.
Coyotes aren't something pet owners have considered before, according to Jason Hartman.
I'll make it a point to keep them closer together and on a leash, Hartman added.
Keep animals on a leash, put up a fence, and keep an eye on them after the sun sets, according to Skalicky.
If your pet is outside at night, it's just a little bit easier for that coyote to sneak up on it, according to Skalicky.
Hartman and Bart Cardetti, another dog owner, said they encourage others to take the appropriate safety procedures.
You have to be aware of your surroundings, Hartman remarked. It's something you should always do, but you just have to be aware of your surroundings.
When they go out at night, they'll be in a fenced-in backyard, so they'll be safe, according to Cardetti.
Hartman, who has owned several dogs throughout the years, stated that their safety is always a priority.
Another major issue, according to Hartman, is their safety. All you have to do now is avoid putting yourself in a poor scenario.