With coyotes defending their territory and turning into extra aggressive this time of 12 months, state wildlife officers are reporting that canine have been attacked — urging residents to stop conflicts with coyotes throughout their mating season.
Coyotes, which stay in each neighborhood in mainland Massachusetts together with all through Boston, are very energetic in the course of the winter whereas courting mates and defending their territory.
Recently throughout this busy breeding season, native wildlife officers have acquired stories of coyotes attacking unsupervised canine.
Typically when a coyote assaults a canine, the pet’s proprietor is watching the canine from a distance, whether or not it’s from their again door or deck.
“But they’re not right next to the dog, so the coyote doesn’t know a person is there,” Dave Wattles, black bear and furbearer biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, informed the Herald. “You really need to be standing right next to your dog.”
Also throughout mating season, wildlife officers obtain stories of coyotes attacking bigger canine.
Coyotes can’t distinguish a canine from an intruding coyote, inflicting the coyote to be extra aggressive towards medium- and large-sized canine.
“Coyotes interpret those dogs as another coyote in their territory,” Wattles mentioned. “And coyotes defend their territory, trying to keep other coyotes out from their turf. They see that large dog as a potential threat to their territory.”
So what steps can individuals take to stop conflicts with coyotes this mating season? Wattles mentioned it’s a three-pronged method:
- Protect pets: Dogs ought to at all times be immediately supervised on a leash when outside, particularly in the course of the coyote breeding season. Coyotes can’t differentiate between their pure prey and small pets, so they’ll view unprotected outside cats and small canine as a possible meals supply.
- Remove human-associated meals sources out of your property: Coyotes that discover human-associated meals sources will spend extra time in yards and neighborhoods. It’s important for neighbors to work collectively to safe or take away all human-associated meals sources in a neighborhood. That consists of chook seed, rubbish, compost, pet meals left outside, and yard chickens. Also, by no means deliberately feed coyotes. That has led to coyotes biting people in previous years.
- Haze coyotes: When you see a coyote in your yard, you need to aggressively haze it. You can haze a coyote by creating loud noises by yelling or utilizing a small air horn, waving a jacket overhead to look greater, spraying a hose or throwing small objects within the coyote’s route, and bodily chasing and driving the coyote off.