BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) — The Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department is asking the public to be aware when letting their pets out during the coyote mating season.
The coyote mating season is typically underway during January and February, with breeding typically peaking in late February and early March. During this time, male coyotes can become more aggressive.
According to fire officials, when dogs are let out alone, the coyotes get dogs to chase them while the pack waits in the distance to attack the pet.
The department is warning the public to not let dogs and other small pets outside alone over the next four to six weeks. While coyote attacks can occur during any time of the year, the risk increases during the mating season.