Regardless of whether you live in a large city, small town, subdivision or in the rural countryside you need to protect your small dogs and cats from coyotes.
Georgia’s coyote population is rapidly expanding. This is truly remarkable when you consider the coyote is not native to the Peach State. However, since the 1850s the range of the coyote has increased threefold and now can be found in every state with the exception of Alaska.
As the coyote has expanded its range, it has demonstrated its adaptability for living in a variety of new habitats by altering their diet to fit the food available. In other words, in addition to dining on rodents and rabbits, in some areas their diets include birdseed and an occasional small domestic pet.
Although it is unlikely a coyote will capture your small pet, by adopting a handful of preventative measures you can guarantee that it will never happen.
It is always a good idea not to let your cats and small dogs stay outside at night. Coyotes hunt at night and, if given a chance, they will prey on small domestic animals.
If it is necessary to let your pet out for a “bathroom” break from dusk to dawn, go outside with it, keeping it within sight at all times. During this time frequently talk to your pet. This will alert a coyote that a human is close by. A healthy coyote will avoid humans. In addition, it is also best to keep your pet on a leash.
If you feed pets outside, remove any uneaten food by sundown. Pet food will attract a variety mammals such as opossums, foxes, skunks, and rodents. Coyotes will also eat the food as well as many of the other mammals they attract.