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:
- 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.