CBS Denver has reported that Broomfield, Colorado officials are warning pet owners that small dogs near open spaces are easy prey for coyotes.
Although there have been no attacks on humans since 2011, there has been many occurrences of conflicts between pets and wild animals. Since the start of last year there has been at least 11 coyote attacks on dogs in their backyards. Sadly, six of them died.
Kristan Pritz, a spokeswoman for Broomfield, said coyotes can easily leap a six foot fence, and that any small dogs left alone in backyards that back up to open space might be fair game.
Because your pets have such a special place in your hearts, as they are your family and most loyal friends, it would certainly be a good to take some precautionary measures to protect them. Some of these include:
1. Investing in Protector Dog Spray. This natural pepper spray is strong enough to deter most dogs without causing long-term pain or injury. Protector’s small compact size includes a key ring attachment for convenient access. It sprays up to 12 feet and includes a safety lock that prevents accidental discharge. If a coyote attacks, you can protect yourself or your pet with a proven effective personal defense tool.
3. Keep your kids and your pets close to you when taking a stroll. Dogs should be kept on leashes to avoid straying.
4. Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
5. Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote.
6. Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.
7. Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.
Source for safety tips 2-6: http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/Coyote-Safety-Tips