Coyote in your Community?

Aug 10, 2015

Reports of coyotes in urban and suburban areas are on the rise around the country, even in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. While coyotes are often thought of as desert scavengers, they can be found throughout the United States. In fact, the eastern coyote is the second largest predator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and their numbers are on the rise in New Jersey as well.

Please follow these few simple rules to ensure they do not become permanent neighbors:

·         Report sightings to local animal control, especially if the animal isn’t easily intimidated by loud noise or bright light or if you see the animal during daylight hours.

·         Do not leave trash bins on the street or set food out. Secure lids on trash and recycling bins.

·         Pick fruit as soon as it’s ripe, and pick up and discard fallen fruit daily.

·         Avoid bird feeders. The aroma attracts scavengers even though they can’t reach the nuts and seeds.

·         Don’t put meat scraps in compost heaps.

·         Don’t let cats and dogs outside unattended, especially at night.

·         Walk your dog on a short leash, at your side, not behind you, at all times. If you encounter a coyote, pick up the dog and walk away.

·         Don’t walk near bushy vegetation, particularly at dusk and dawn, and avoid walking near abandoned or neglected properties.

·         Carry a flashlight, air horn, or bear or pepper spray when walking. If caught unprepared, shout and throw small objects.


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