Coyote attacks woman’s dog in Bedford, animal services warn it’s breeding season – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
BEDFORD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Bedford Animal Services said a woman told them a coyote attacked her dog near Bedford Road, south of SH 183.
Additionally, there was a case of a close encounter between a coyote and a resident walking his dog one mile from where the animal was attacked.
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Animal services warn that although coyotes have lived in the area for decades and generally keep their distance from humans, this is their breeding season. Thus, sightings of coyotes have increased.
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The following precautions can help humans and coyotes coexist safely.
- Never intentionally feed wildlife.
- Do not accidentally feed wildlife. Coyotes are opportunistic omnivores and readily exploit any potential food source. Because coyotes frequently eat rodents, anything that attracts rodents can also attract coyotes. Keep pet food and water inside. Keep trash tidy, especially if it’s placed on the sidewalk for collection.
- To ensure pet safety, it is imperative that pet owners do not allow their pets to roam freely.
- Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outdoors, especially at night.
- Don’t panic if you see a coyote. Observing a coyote acting appropriately and non-aggressively does not require a response.
- If a coyote frequents an area, show it that it is not welcome. “Hazing” a coyote, or showing signs of aggression whenever it is seen, will generally discourage its presence and help restore its fear of humans. Use noise makers and other scaring devices when coyotes are seen. Portable air horns, vehicle horns and whistles can be effective. You can also throw an object, such as a tennis ball, near the animal with no intention of hurting it.
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Anyone with information on wildlife feeders is asked to call 817-952-2191. A citation can be issued to anyone in violation of the Wildlife Feeding Ordinance.