Homeowners see an influx of wildlife on properties in winter; and it's no reason why. Deer and other wildlife are struggling to find food in their wooded territories; and that is why they are venturing onto lawns and gardens. While some types of wildlife, such as deer, will not harm pets, others have a taste for meat.
January's coyote breeding season; which runs until March, presents a problem for homeowners. Coyotes are known to attack small dogs and cats - especially when they are desperate to eat.
Coyotes are seen mostly in the evening to avoid warmer weather; however, being that the weather is cooler, homeowners can expect to see coyotes throughout the day. Typically, they will not attack humans, unless they feel trapped or threatened.
The best way to keep coyotes away from pets is to install a strong metal fence that is at least 6 feet high to block jumping attempts by coyotes. Choose a steel dog fence with PVC-coating to block chew marks, as well.