How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Coyote Mating Season on the SouthCoast
For the next four to six weeks, all pet owners should be on high alert when their furry friends go outside. The Westport Animal Control recently shared a helpful reminder that coyote mating season is upon us, and here is what to expect.
According to Westport Animal Control, in the next four to six weeks, the SouthCoast will see an influx of coyotes thanks to their mating season.
There aren’t necessarily more coyotes in the area, but they make themselves more known to the public when trying to find a mate.
“Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year,” said Westport Animal Control. “The long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog and other small pets.”
Westport Animal Control recommends accompanying your pet outside and always keeping cats inside during this time period.
Habits to Watch Out For
“Coyotes are typically shy and elusive, but they can frequently be seen individually, in pairs, or in small groups,” said Mass Wildlife.
According to Mass Wildlife, Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will feed on whatever is most readily available and easily accessible. While their diet mainly consists of wildlife like rabbits and rodents, they are known to prey on unprotected pets like cats and small dogs.
The truth is, coyotes thrive adjacent to humans. All they need is food, water, and shelter, and humans provide it all.
During mating season, adhere to these tips from Mass Wildlife to keep you, your pets, and the coyotes safe.