Bernalillo County offers options to protect pets from coyotes

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Coyotes have been coming closer to homes in Bernalillo County and going after pets. Bernalillo County offers different ways pet owners can deter coyotes.

When taking their pets outside:

  • Pets should be supervised when playing or going outside.
  • Pets should be walked in the daytime as much as possible and on a leash.
  • Pets should not be walked where coyotes are known to frequent.

Tools can be used to deter and prevent coyote attacks:

  • Pets can wear a coyote-deterrence vest.
  • Pet owners can carry a whistle or air horn.

Changes to make around residences to deter or scare off coyotes:

  • Fences should be at least six to eight feet tall with coyote rollers or extensions.
  • Yards should be kept clean with fewer spaces for animals, coyote food, to hide.
  • Potential food sources in yards, like gardens, can be reduced.
  • Bright deterrence lights can be put around the property.

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