Reported coyote attacks on cats in Bellevue illustrate the need for pet owners to take precautions. With the arrival of spring, coyotes, raccoons and other wildlife in Bellevue become more active and pose a greater danger to pets.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife devotes a section of its website, Living with Wildlife, to educating the public on how to coexist peacefully and safely with nearby wildlife.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has a number of tips, but first and foremost, residents are warned not to feed wildlife and to take steps to prevent animals from gaining access to garbage or pet food. Wild animals able to scavenge in yards or on porches can lose their natural fear of people.
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