Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Peace River, Alberta
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We have coyotes, and the occasional eagle, hawks. The coyotes used to come into the yard and challenge my malamute. She's gone over the rainbow bridge, but now with Bucky and our new little girl, we're outside with them. They aren't outside alone.
My malamute used to let us know when the coyotes were around. They have a circuit and aren't always in our area. When she'd let us know, I'd call my neighbour with a shih tsu, she'd call her neighbour, etc. Our own little neighbourhood watch system to ensure anyone with a small dog knew not to let their little ones out alone.
You're not paranoid. I've heard of small dogs and a number of cats being taken by the coyotes locally. They can get very brave.