Most pet-owners would do anything to keep their beloved furry companions safe from harm. If you’re a pet owner, your pet’s safety and well-being is probably one of your top concerns. But in Riverside, California, there’s a little more work for pet owners to do aside from visits to the vet and keeping vaccines up to date. Danger lurks in Southern California in the form of Coyotes.
Coyotes in Riverside
Coyotes are beautiful, fascinating animals that also, unfortunately, pose a threat to the safety of our pets. Whether you own a dog, cat, rabbit, or another pet, it’s important that you take preventative measures to protect your pet. While coyotes naturally consume a diet of small mammals such as rabbits, mice, rats and wild fruit, they have also been known to attack domesticated animals. Coyotes have been reported even in urban areas and parks.
Coyotes are most active at dusk and dawn. They are related to gray wolves, but are typically much smaller. The coyotes most commonly found in southern California are smaller in size than other coyote species, typically weighing only about 25 pounds. Being closely related to dogs and wolves, coyotes have similar characteristics. They feature large, pointy ears, typically gray or reddish-brown fur and a long, thin muzzle.
As communities continue to expand and populated areas grow, coyotes will likely continue to enter into urban areas. We need to do our part to ensure that we aren’t tempting coyotes onto our properties and do our best to protect our pets.
How to Protect your Pets
There are several things you can do to help keep your furry family members safe. Here are some suggestions:
1. Don’t leave food outdoors. If you normally feed your pet outdoors, try feeding them indoors instead. This way you’ll avoid tempting coyotes to venture close to your pets. In addition, be sure to remove any ripe fruit that may have fallen from fruit trees. Coyotes are omnivores and eat fruit as well as meat.
2. Keep trash and compost areas secured to avoid tempting coyotes.
3. Consider fencing on your property. A quality fence, like one installed by All Counties Fence & Supply, can easily prevent coyotes from entering your property and harming your pets. This sort of protection will give you peace of mind, knowing that your pets are safe, without limiting you to keeping them cooped up indoors. Chain link fences are especially effective when creating enclosures for pets or making a property line. However, depending on your preferences, you can choose to use other styles of fences that are equally effective, but also fit in with your property’s visual appeal.
The most effective and secure of these options is obviously putting up a fence. Alternatively, you could create a smaller fenced enclosure where your pet can be secure either while you’re away or overnight. Either of these options provide a barrier that coyotes simply can’t cross.
Ready to install a fence on your property? Contact All Counties Fence, an experienced fencing contractor prepared to help you with all of your fencing and pet enclosure needs. Give us a call at 951-780-9300 to discuss your project today!