Northern Westchester residents are being warned there has been an increased number of Eastern coyote sightings in the area.
Because Eastern coyotes are native to the region and considered an integral part of the ecosystems, wildlife officials said it is important for residents to learn how to deal with the animals.
The Department of Environmental Conservation recommends the following:
- Do not feed coyotes and discourage others from doing so
- Do not feed pets outside.
- Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals.
- Eliminate availability of bird seed. Concentrations of birds and rodents that come to feeders can attract coyotes. If you see a coyote near your birdfeeder, clean up waste seed and spillage to remove the attractant.
- Do not allow coyotes to approach people or pets.
- Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance.
- If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior - stand tall and hold arms out to look large. If a coyote lingers for too long, then make loud noises, wave your arms, or throw sticks and stones.
- Do not allow pets to run free. Supervise all outdoor pets to keep them safe from coyotes and other wildlife, especially at sunset and at night.
- Fencing yards may deter coyotes. The fence should be tight to the ground, preferably extending six inches below ground level, and taller than 4 feet.
- Remove brush and tall grass from around your property to reduce protective cover for coyotes. Coyotes are typically secretive and like areas where they can hide.
To learn more about the Eastern coyote, click here .
Residents who encounter a coyote which is acting erratically, or feel threatened by the animal, should contact local police.
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