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Dog owners need to beware lately when you are out taking a leisurely stroll with Fido. You no longer have to beware just other dogs, but in certain areas of the country, you need to look out for much more.

Around Chicagoland, as well as many other areas, coyotes have moved back into neighborhoods that they once inhabited. As more and more land is developed into housing, schools, retail and industrial settings, the animals have nowhere left to roam, so they figure they will take their chances and move back into these neighborhoods surviving on garbage and other smaller animals that they prey upon – including our beloved dogs (and cats)!

It is not only coyotes though. Recent reports have come in about cougars in the area. Really? Now that is quite scary!

Other areas of the United States have problems with wild animals, too. Take for instance alligators and crocodiles. Every once in a while, they end up in a neighborhood pool and will attack if provoked. Of course, on the same plain are large snakes. A small dog or cat could be swallowed whole in one fell swoop!

The craziest animal attack in the news lately, however, is about bears. Now you would think, well, in and around the mountains this may be possible, but would you say that if you heard the attacks were in Florida?

One recent report was about a woman out walking her small dog when a black bear charged her. She yelled and screamed and her little dog barked at the bear as they tore off in the opposite direction, thankfully escaping the bear. One other woman in the area was not as lucky and was mauled by two black bears.

When hearing these stories about other animals attacking unprovoked, it more or less makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and take notice. It is very frightening!

The reason why some of these animals are in suburban neighborhoods vary, but like the coyotes, perhaps other animals were used to once roaming the downtown streets and simply feel like returning to neighborhoods of old. Since they cannot talk, we may never know, although it is certain that experts are hot on the trail trying to figure out the reasoning behind the animals relocating and about the recent attacks.

In any case, heed the warnings about being careful when out walking your pet. Do not let dogs or cats out into the yard at night unattended and read up about what to do if put into one of these recent scenarios. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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