Missouri Conservation experts warn of coyote concerns for pets
These are the three most important things to remember, according to Missouri Department of Conservation officials, during the state's four most active months for coyote activity. In February, the breeding season begins, and moms give birth within two months. More food is required when you have puppies.
Coyotes, unlike many other species of wildlife, have adapted well to human development and can survive with humans in a variety of settings. Municipal parks and other urban green space, golf courses, cemeteries, suburban forested common spaces, and even within subdivisions themselves are all examples, according to the agency in a recent advisory.
According to the agency, this is why coyotes may come into contact with pets, which they attack not out of a desire for food, but because of the competition for it.
It's mating season for coyotes. Here's what you need know to keep your dogs safe.
What can you do to protect your home and pets from harm?
Pet food should never be left outside. Cover your garbage cans and wait as long as possible before placing trash and recycling out for collection.
If you see coyotes approaching, use whatever scare tactics work for you. Yell. Using a hose, spray the area. Make use of an air trumpet. Pots and pans have been known to be banged by some persons.
Keep an eye on your dogs and don't leave them outside alone.