Four dogs; count them. That is how many furry best friends have been snatched by coyotes since November in DuPage County, Illinois. The first plan of attack is to stay right by your dog out in the yard to help ward off the other canine community.
The last of the set was snatched on Wednesday, January 22nd. The dog belonged to Allison Jacobs and her family. Jacobs, a Wheaton teacher discovered that her dog literally disappeared right under her nose from the family’s fenced-in back yard. The only evidence of the attack was a set of footprints belonging to what looks like that of a coyote leading from the yard.
As all of the stories across the country relate, it only takes a matter of seconds for a dog to be snatched by the fiercer, hungrier canine. Just ask the families of the four dogs that have disappeared since November.
Warnings have been posted and iterated across a vast array of media. There have even been attacks of some people and on houses, too, as the coyotes know that food is within the boundaries and are attempting to get at it. Just the thought puts fear into the hearts of people everywhere.
Those that have lost a pet want to warn others to follow the precautionary measures assimilated and announced once again this past December when the attacks in DuPage County began occurring at a steady rate.
Although coyotes are typically nocturnal, they can be seen in the daylight – especially when they get used to an area, their fear resides. This member of the canine species ordinarily hunts and eats rodents, but, as you witness within, they will catch and eat other small prey when their normal food sources are unavailable and they are hungry. As the number of coyotes increase, the greater the dangers for small breed dogs.
Coyotes are swift and will swoop down upon an unknowing and unsuspecting victim easily since they are opportunistic hunters. When small dogs are left unattended, this gives the coyote courage to attack – and the attacks only take a matter of seconds or mere minutes.
It used to be that the recommendation was to install a six foot fence, but this is no longer protection enough against these swift canines. The authorities are currently suggesting that you accompany your pet outside; on a leash if at all possible.
If you would like to review more steps recommended by the Wheaton Authorities, go to http://wheaton.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/wheaton-police-coyote-attacks-on-small-dogs-reported.