No matter where you live, chances are that the narrowing gap between wilderness and development has brought wildlife closer — or even in — to your neighborhood. And where there’s wildlife, there’s heightened concern for our pets’ safety.
Birds of prey, coyotes, mountain lions, even raccoons can attack pets. Watching pets when they’re outside is one way to keep them safe. Another is to fence in your yard, which may require roll bars on top to keep out large animals. However, even this will not protect pets from flying predators like eagles, hawks or owls.
If you’re faced with a predator, pick up a small pet or grab the leash of a large dog while slowly backing up. Do not turn to run. Loud noises and menacing body language may scare the predator away. Likewise, throwing rocks or sticks may deter an attack.