How to Keep Your Pets Safe From Predators
Bird awareness protects pets best from bird attacks. Walk pets away from raptor nests. Pet owners can ask local wildlife management officials about deterring or relocating aggressive birds.
Keep pets outside. A hunting raptor will avoid tiny animals near huge ones. Outside, your pet must be observed from above. In a large yard, park, or open space, keep your pet close.
Unsupervised pets need a roofed cage or run. The pet can go outside but is protected from aerial attacks. Roofless runs don't deter birds. Roofs shade and protect pets from other threats.
Don't let pets run loose
Place a pet outside without a run where trees and shrubs give natural air cover. Outdoor pets are shaded. In tight cover, hunting raptors need more room to plan and execute attacks.
Take your animals for a walk outside. Raptors are more hesitant to attack when others in the area may intervene to defend their buddy or steal the kill.
Exercise Pets Collectively
Teach pets to respect birds of all sizes. Bird-chasing dogs are less prone to fear raptors. A bird may assault a dog or cat that is just playing or curious about neighbouring birds.
Do not provide doves, quail, or any other ground-feeding birds with food. Larger hawks are more likely to be drawn to these birds, and a hunting hawk has just as-
Beware of Birds that Feed on the Ground
much chance of picking off a pet as it does a wild feeding bird. In a similar vein, if you have pets and hawks are a problem, you should get rid of any ground bird baths.
Predators may attack a pet eating. Raptors feed on unattended pet food. Raptors will return to productive hunting grounds, harming pets.