Coyotes present disease risk to domestic pets and people

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Coyotes can carry diseases that can affect pets and even humans. Anza Valley Outlook/Joshua Wilking photo on Unsplash
The intelligent coyote is perpetually on the hunt, and pet owners need to be aware that an interaction between their pet canine and a wild coyote may result in their dog becoming sick. Like them, hate them, despise them, coyotes can and do live in just about every habitat. They have also succeeded in flourishing in suburbs and even cities like Los Angeles. These clever predators are very common in the mountain communities of the Anza Valley. The howling and yipping of these wild canines can be heard most evenings and it is the enchanting sound of the West. But it also signals coyotes on the hunt. The wily coyotes typically prey on rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles and feed on carrion and roadkill. They will hunt larger prey such as deer, focusing on sick, young, weak or wounded an
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