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Coyote attacks small dog in LaSalle

cbc.ca logo cbc.ca 2018-09-06 CBC/Radio-Canada
a close up of a wolf: LaSalle Police are reminding residents to keep an eye on pets while they're outside, after a coyote reportedly attacked a small dog. © Getty Images LaSalle Police are reminding residents to keep an eye on pets while they're outside, after a coyote reportedly attacked a small dog.

A coyote reportedly attacked a small dog in LaSalle.

Town police say it happened on Reaume Road earlier this week.

Police advise pet owners to keep an eye on small animals when they're outside, especially early in the morning and in the evening.

Hear more about coyote concerns in LaSalle: 

As the canines move in on urban areas, City of Windsor naturalist, Karen Cedar, said there are some things you can do so the animals aren't attracted to your home:

Cedar said if you encounter a coyote and cannot avoid the animal, you should try to scare them off.

"You're going to be really loud, and you're going to make yourself mean and scary, just like you would if you had a strange dog approaching you," she said. "They still see you as a predator, so the meaner and uglier and louder you are the more you're going to reinforce yes, I am something to be afraid of."

  • Do not leave food outside, especially overnight when coyotes are more active
  • Pick up dog waste, it's a big attractant for coyotes
  • The scent of unfixed dogs is another major attractant, so have pets spayed or neutered
  • If you have a small dog or cat don't let them out after dark
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