For people that live in places like Gold Canyon, or other desert places such as Fountain Hills, it’s very likely that you’ve encountered the occasional coyote, or javelina. Probably even the random rattlesnakes, well, it is the desert, so it’s not abnormal to run into such wildlife. It’s always important to remember that these are “wild” animals, and are not anything a person should approach.
For the people that walk their dogs, small breed dogs especially, always be aware of your surroundings, and pick up your pup if you encounter a coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, etc. These animals are always on the prowl for a meal, and your pet will more than likely look appealing. I recommend picking up your dog if ever out on a walk and notice anything that may be dangerous. If you must walk at night, always bring a bright flashlight. I’ve heard of people having their small dogs on a walk with a leash, and some animal coming and taking the pet right out of the person’s grip. Even owls and hawks pose a threat to your animal.
When you let your dog outside in the backyard, always supervise because a large bird could easily swoop in and grab your animal, coyotes and wild cats can also easily scale a backyard wall. Out on my route, I find all sorts evidence of animals that have been killed and eaten. Wild animals go off of instinct and they don’t see anything wrong with grabbing an easy meal!
It’s always smart to be alert and on the lookout, protect your family pet like you would your child, out here in the Wild West!