Thursday, January 26, 2023

Mating season

Residents warned of dangerous coyotes

Local veterinarians and animal experts have issued a warning to area pet owners regarding coyotes.

According to a recent bulletin from one local veterinarian, the next four to six weeks is mating season for coyotes who are prevalent in the area.

The animal experts cautioned local owners that there is a danger in allowing pets, particularly smaller dogs, outside alone. A usual scenario is the coyote tempting a dog to chase him as the pack of awaits out of sight to attack.

“The outcome is tragic as they (coyotes) can and will attack/kill your pets. Just be aware it can happen to your beloved pet,” the bulletin  cautioned.

Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March and the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year and  while all coyotes pose a risk to dogs (and other small pets), the risk increases during mating season.