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30 Oct 2018 14:57
Your Dog Versus a Coyote 
Living at Saddlebrooke Ranch can be exceptionally beautiful. Great views of the Catalinas and Mt. Lemmon. A wide range of birds. Beautiful sunrise, sunsets and moon rise. Wonderful clear skies with thousands of stars.

However, there are also a few dangers. A particular danger that makes themselves well known, especially as the sun sets, are Coyotes.

What to do while walking your dog if you encounter a Coyote?

Remember the four basic rules for walking our dogs.
1. Keep your dog on a 6 foot leash. Long enough to allow exploration but short enough to control.
2. Avoid areas of potential Coyote activity, especially during mating and birthing season.
3. Stick to trails and paths and avoid thick brush.
4. Avoid walking your dog at sunrise and sunset.

What to do if you encounter a coyote?
1. Leash your dog; take close control. Smaller dogs should be picked up and held.
2. Stand tall and assertive.
3. Haze the coyote until it leaves.
4. Report particularly aggressive coyotes.

A few more tips:
1. Do NOT let your pet out unsupervised even in your fenced yard.
2. Do NOT leave pet food outside.
3. Haze a coyote every time you see them. Discourage them from homes and pets.
4. Avoid attractants in the yard. Clean and cover BBQs. Don't leave dishes, food, etc. outside.

For more details, refer to the article "WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COYOTE WHILE WALKING YOUR DOG" at Urban Coyote Initiative.

by Kay Lantow