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Nebraska Game and Parks reminds pet owners about coyotes

Posted: 9:54 AM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 10:54:53-05
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding pet owners to be vigilant against coyotes.

In a press release, they suggest people should haze coyotes away whenever possible to keep them wild and afraid of humans. The following steps will help keep pets safe:

- Do not approach or feed a coyote or other wildlife.
- Do not leave pet food outside.
- Keep pets on a leash, and do not let them roam at night.
- Keep an eye on your pet and keep it close, even if just letting it out into the yard for a few minutes.
- In the rare instance that a coyote acts aggressively, get inside a building or vehicle, if possible.
- If a coyote attacks, lift pets or children and fight back with sticks, rocks, or any other object while you back away.

Game and Parks adds that Coyote attacks on people are very rare, as coyotes typically avoid people.

Coyotes are common throughout Nebraska, including areas of cities where there is habitat, such as creek bottoms, green space with tall grass, and agricultural fields.

If you observe a coyote showing no fear of humans, or have had a pet attacked by a coyote, call Game and Parks at 402-471-0641.