If you do go out late, take something noisy which will scare an animal away. Steve Beckman owns All Things Wild and says he's trapped three coyotes in just two weeks.
"If you have a dog that you're out walking and a coyote approaches you, take your dog on the lead and walk towards the coyote. That usually will turn them and run. If you run from the coyote it might chase you. But if you walk towards it and stay big a lot of times they'll turn and go," says Beckman.
Small dogs like Jack Russell terriers who are fiesty can be more of a target because they are little dogs which think they're big. In some cases, they'll go outside to confront a coyote. So pay attention to the reasons why your dog wants to go outside at night.
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