MDC reminds pet owners about the possibility of coyote encounters this time of year

A lone male Coyote roams at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis during a snow storm.

Coyotes start breeding in February and are more active, increasing potential for encounters with pets

Breeding season for coyotes started in February, which makes them more active this time of year. 

Pet owners should be vigilant of their furry friends during this time in areas where coyotes are known to live.

Unlike many other kinds of wildlife, coyotes adapt particularly well around human development and coexist with people in many places. 

These areas can include municipal parks and other urban green space, golf courses, cemeteries, suburban wooded common areas, and even within subdivisions themselves.

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