Many people keep pets outside, either they are out only during part of the day, or they are out all the time. There are many dangers to outdoor pets, while traffic is a common concern, we cannot forget that our outdoor friends are also easy prey wild animals.
Some people keep pets outside, either the pets are out only during part of the day, or they are out all the time. Many dangers face outdoor pets, while traffic is a common concern, we cannot forget that our outdoor friends are also easy prey wild animals. These risks also extend to livestock, as we must remember some people keep livestock animals as pets.
Of course different areas have different predators, a person living in Africa will have different threats than one living in North America. Knowing what the different predator types are in ones area is important.
Wolves, Bears, and Cougars – These large predators are threats for animals in some areas and will prey on livestock and outdoor pets when their natural food source is hard to come by. Most are fearful of humans and are more likely to prey on pets when people are not present. The cougar is a stealthy solitary hunter, bears are also usually solitary, whereas wolves often work in packs. These animals are not usually threats except in remote, or forested areas. If extremely hungry these predators can take down an outdoor pet such as a horse.
Coyotes – Coyotes are smaller than wolves and may hunt as individuals or in packs. They are more accustomed to people but can easily be scared off. Coyotes are often a threat to animals in farming areas when they cannot find wild prey or road kill.
Feral Cats and Dogs – These are animals who were living as pets but were turned loose or somehow became lost. As they do not have a fear of people they often prey on animals in cities as well as rural areas. Additionally these animals pose threats to our pets because they can spread diseases.
Birds of Prey – It is not unheard of for a bird of prey to snatch a kitten or small dog and carry it away in front of its owner. These birds can be owls, hawks, eagles, and so forth. Keeping a small pet close to you, or on leash is important.
Foxes – These are very smart smaller canines and often snatch every chicken out of a coop in one night. They will take as many birds as they can, kill them, and hide their bodies for further feasts.
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