They are known to stand their ground, make a lot of racket if necessary, and are well known to chase vermin & some larger animals to rid your property of the “pests”.
A few months ago, I had sighted a cougar crossing the road about 5 blocks away from our suburb in Niagara Falls, down a country road.
Most people I told didn’t believe me because they are a true rarity. Many people don’t even know they were originally indigenous to this area.
They have simple been pushed out of these areas, as in most areas around the world with animals, due to urban sprawl.
Well, I say this to tell you that this morning, I walked out onto our front porch and noticed in the slightly slushy snow, large prints, that later I had identified as cougar prints, all up our walkway and on our front porch
They are large and more rounded than a dog print or a coyote print, coyotes being a new issue of encroachment in our area as well, especially in a nearby town called Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The sheer spread between front & back paws goes to show you how large this animal is. What immediately came to mind was that mountain lion, also called cougars or pumas, that I had seen a few months back.
That being said, and knowing I have a family of miniature schnauzers, it frightens me, as a big cat of this caliber could easily hop a fence to the backyard, where my babies are doing their “duty” at night.
Be aware of your dog’s surroundings at all times. Check to be sure gates are locked, holes are covered and if need be, that they are supervised and protected by you, yourself. Make sure the lights are on in their area at night time too.
This is especially true of the terrier breeds…the majority of them are tough, and most are tiny dogs. Be sure to pay attention to barking & growling outside that may be out of the ordinary.
You never know what kind of animals you may encounter, expected or completely unexpected in your suburb!
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