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Coyote-Dog Attacks

Coyote-Dog Attacks

They may look like cousins, but coyotes are not friendly animals to domestic dogs. In fact, coyote attacks on dogs occur more frequently than we read in the news. Here are a few steps that can be done at home to prevent coyote attacks on dogs:

Coyote Vests

Laugh now, but these spiky vests can save a dog's life. The vests are used to shield dogs from not only coyote encounters but also wolves, foxes and even swooping birds. They are affordable and easy to slip onto all size dogs.

Pick up after your dog

Okay, it may be your yard, but leaving your companion pet's fecal matter may be what is attracting coyotes. Pick up your dog's poop to prevent coyotes from wandering onto yards - and offer a cleaner appearance to your own landscape.

Coyote-Proof Fencing

Coyote management is recommended to homeowners that live in areas with a lot of coyotes. Coyotes don't just encounter pets, but also sniff out home gardens, too. To prevent garden damage from coyotes, and pet encounters, it is recommended to install a 6' fence made from metal construction such as a hexagonal fence.


Coyote attacks on pets have increased over the years; but by taking the necessary precautions, pet owners can prevent wildlife encounters with pets and keep the peace with wildlife.

Coyotes in the Winter

Coyotes in the Winter

Pet owners: keep a close watch on pets as we enter into the winter season. 

Winter is when young coyotes leave their parents to fend for themselves and prepare for coyote breeding season in January. As they learn how to live for themselves, they will scout for food on landscapes eating anything from insects and rodents to fruits and...pets. 

Coyote attacks on pets is more frequent than we realize; and it won't slow down now that snow is on the ground.

“Coyotes thrive near people because they like to eat the rodents and rabbits that thrive near people, so seeing them in urban areas happens pretty regularly and is not unusual,” said Geriann Albers, DNR furbearer biologist. (

Pet owners need to protect their dogs, cats and backyard chickens from coyote encounters by installing a 6' feet tall pet fence that is chew-proof. If a coyote is near, start yelling at it while waving your arms; and throw stones or anything at it to spook it.

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