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Coyotes in Westlake: 5 Things To Do/Not To Do

Beware of coyotes. Photo credit: Lakewood-oh.patch.com
Beware of coyotes. Photo credit: Lakewood-oh.patch.com

Recently, a Westlake woman’s terrier was attacked not once, but twice by a coyote in her backyard. The coyote was eventually scared off when the woman turned on a flashlight (coyotes are nocturnal and prefer the dark).

Westlake police recommend these tips for keeping your pets safe:

The Do's...

  • Frighten coyotes with loud noise
  • Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container
  • Use yard lights and motion detectors to frighten them away
  • Keep pets in fenced areas and covered kennels
  • Always keep yourself between coyote and small children or pets 

And the Don'ts... 

  • Never feed or attempt to tame a coyote
  • Do not turn your back on a coyote or run away from a coyote
  • Don’t keep quiet. If approached, make loud noises and make yourself look big. If this fails, throw rocks or other objects
  • Don’t let landscaping become overgrown. Enclose under decks and out buildings
  • Don't feed other animals that coyote prey upon. Bird seed often attracts these innocent animals to your backyard, which in turn, attracts a coyote that is hungry.

 

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