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Photo: Matt Knoth (Shutterstock) Though we may associate coyotes with the desert, or the mountains—or wherever roadrunners live—there’s a good chance they’re in or near your area. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the suburbs, the country, or even in a city, because coyotes are quite adaptable and can make their home in a variety of climates. And don’t think that just because you haven’t seen a coyote in your own backyard that you live in a coyote-free zone. According to the Humane Society of the United States , the reason we typically don’t see coyotes in our area is because they tend to only come out at night to hunt small critters like mice, voles, and rabbits. But, they can also easily make a meal out of a cat or smaller dog. If your local TV news channel does a segment on coyote sightings, that’s probably what happened. Here’s how to keep your dog or cat safe from coyotes (and the local news). Don’t let them out at night without you As the Humane Society notes , the best way to keep your dog or cat safe from coyotes is not to let them go outside without being there to watch them—especially at night. Be extra careful during mating season As it turns out, there’s typically a spike in coyote sightings at this time of year. That’s because coyote breeding season starts in the middle of January and lasts through the end of February. So, right now. […]