Its that time again when the big hungry four legged natural hunters are out. They love food left outside, like scrapes in a garbage can, or even bird feeders, and those other rodent feeders. Small dogs and cats can also be inviting for them. Leaving smaller dogs out on a leash, under 25 pounds, is like fishing in a barrel. Do not try to shoo, them. This time of year they are much more aggressive than late spring or mid summer when food is abundant. They may take your actions as attacking and being a wild animal it will defend.