Just when we think our dogs have it bad here in DuPage County, we find out (as is typical) that there are dogs that have it much worse. Of course, statistically the numbers are lower in other places, but the brutality tends to make up for that.
DuPage County, as well as most of the rest of the country, has been experiencing many dog attacks by coyotes. The coyotes just seem fed up with humans taking their living space and are moving back in to be our neighbors. The attacks seem to happen more often when there aren’t as many humans out and about; late fall to early spring (time is approaching once again, so heed the warnings!).
While the coyote attacks are frightening enough, can you imagine how the folks living in the southeastern portion of the U.S. feel? They must be on constant alert during the warm months of the year when the large reptiles are seeking mates, breeding and nesting; May to early September.
They are most active from dusk to dawn although they have been known to bask in the sunlight during daylight hours. Gee it is tough to get away from these things!
On top of that, imagine your dog simply avoiding this big creature. Well, that is not about to happen as dogs are natural protectors and they will do what they feel is right in order to protect their family members as well as their home space (as you can see by the photo provided from WTSP.com that gators like swimming pools just like we do!).
Where it is easier to put on lights, make noise and accompany your dog outside (since coyotes typically avoid attacking humans) during coyote months, it may not be so easy with a gator. Although gators over six feet in length are to be avoided since they are considered dangerous, it may be difficult to see them in certain tall grasses or low-lying areas. And if you think that the big monsters, weighing hundreds of pounds, are as cumbersome as they appear, think again! With that tail to propel those small little muscular legs into action, the big lizards move at rapid speeds and can catch up to you and your pooch in the blink of an eye!
So just like the warnings for dog owners in DuPage and other counties throughout the United States, you in the southeast must adhere to the warnings about gators, too. Do not walk your dog close to waterway. If a gator appears in your backyard, don’t let Fido out to scare him away as Fido may just become the gator’s afternoon snack instead. Walk your canine on a leash. If you see a gator sneaking into human territory, call 1-866-FWC-GATOR to report the nuisance.
Good dog owners need to be aware that there are hazards out there that could very well squelch the life right out of their dog. Make sure you are aware of the hazards in your area and then adhere to the warnings and follow the experts’ advice. This will help ensure that you and your dog remain happy and healthy together for a long time.