Game and Fish: How to protect your pets from coyotes

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona Game and Fish Tucson has advice for pet owners on how to protect your pets from coyotes.

The department has received 8 calls about coyote sightings this summer, according to Game and Fish spokesperson, Mark Hart.

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Every now and then, they hear something extreme where coyotes jump fences or walls with homeowners present, Hart says. Coyotes typically don't pose a threat to humans, but pet owners need to be aware of wildlife while living in Southern Arizona.

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The best thing Game and Fish says pet owners can do is to not leave their small or medium-sized animals outside unattended.

"That applies even if you have a six foot fence," Hart says. "Coyotes can easily clear that fence, snatch your pet and be gone in a blink of an eye."

More advice from Game and Fish if a coyote comes near your pet:

- Be with your animals when they're outside.

- Make a "coyote shaker" - a tin can filled with pennies or rocks. Shake it loudly.

- Make or buy a "coyote roller" - a PVC pipe with a wire strung through that sits on top of a fence or wall.

- Bang a pot with a wooden spoon.

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There's no particular area or region coyotes are prone to, Hart says. They can be very smart when hunting dogs.

"For example, they hunt in pairs sometimes so one coyote will lead a dog into a field, and the other coyote will come up from behind and kill it," Hart says.

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You can report these incidents to Game and Fish 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 623-236-7201. They're particularly concerned with incidents that pose a threat to humans, though it is rare. 

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