Furry-Friend Safety During Coyote Mating Season

 Jillian Cooper
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With coyote mating season happening over the next 4-6 weeks, pet safety is crucial as the coyotes are much more aggressive during this time.
Not only do coyotes hang out in country areas, but suburbs as well.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers recommendations on what to do if you find a coyote in your backyard below...

- Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio's 88 counties in both rural and urban settings. There are no wild wolves living in Ohio.
- Identify that the canine is truly a coyote and not a stray dog. If you determine the animal is a stray dog, contact your county dog warden.
- If you do have a coyote on your property, remove all "attractants" to possibly deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals, such as rabbits and mice. Small pets may also be taken. --- Keep small dogs and cats inside. Coyotes are curious, but generally fearful of humans. Clap your hands and shout in a stern voice to scare off coyotes that are investigating your yard.
- If the coyote visiting your yard seems to lack a fear of humans or is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Coyotes in rural areas can be controlled through legal hunting and trapping methods.