Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Reminder About Coyotes

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 6, 2008. Coyotes in the Red Car Neighborhood are big and healthy. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Not even a tall fence can shield a small dog from a coyote. Read story with a happy ending: The Eastsider.

If you feed your pets outside, pick up the food bowls immediately after they eat, and clean the area regularly to minimize the food smells. You may be attracting coyotes to your yard too. Coyotes will also come to your yard for water bowls and backyard ponds.

Learn more about living with coyotes and other wildlife on the City's Animal Services website.

It is against the law to feed wildlife. You may be creating a nuisance for neighbors and creating a dangerous situation where you, a neighbor or a pet can get bitten. Urban wildlife carries diseases like parvo, distemper (both canine and feline), rabies and mange that are transmissible to your dogs and cats.

With the aforementioned in mind, send us your neighborhood wildlife encounter photos: