An alert posted on Fairfax County Police Department News' website is alerting pet owners after a small dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in the Parklawn community. The alert points out that dogs are susceptible to confrontations with coyotes when left unattended and during the coyotes mating seasons and the months after. The notice also points out that Fairfax County is home to an established population of coyotes and that their presence does not immediately create a cause for concern.
Among the tips given to reduce the risk of having a pet attacked by a coyote are to secure your trash bins, avoid feeding pets outdoors, and making sure your pet does not go unattended outdoors.
The Fairfax County Police Department's Animal Services Division says they continue to monitor the coyote population in forested areas using various game cameras, and shared a link to the YouTube video below with information regarding the animals in the Fairfax region.
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