First, I feel very badly for the folks whose small dog was mauled and almost killed recently. I hope that their dog recovers quickly.
Having an avocado grove and living in California for more than 20 years, I encountered coyotes on a daily basis, either in singles or in packs. I would like to make the following observations.
1. Never let your dog run loose. Always have it on a leash. Coyotes get so brazen that they will attack a dog when you are out for a walk and your pet is not on a leash.
2. Never put food in a dish outside for your pet, even on your porch. The coyotes will find it and also find your pet.
3. The most vulnerable pet is the cat. We have all seen this. When a cat sees a gopher or other burrowing animalsí hold, it will sit next to it by the hour and in a trance. It will not notice anything else around it.
The coyotes knows this, will creep up behind it and capture it almost 100 percent of the time.
Iím hoping that this will help pet owners in our area.
LTC Ret. Samuel Lombardo