GREENBURGH, N.Y. - With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, the Greenburgh Police Department has issued a warning to residents regarding the possible emergence of coyotes in the community.
As temperatures continue rising, police have sent an alert to homeowners to assist them if they are involved in any potential interaction between coyotes, citizens, children and pets.
Police cautioned that coyotes should never be fed, and if a coyote is spotted, one should be aggressive with their behavior, making loud noises, waving arms and throwing sticks and stones to seem like a greater predator.
Pets should not be allowed to run free, and they should never be fed outside, as the food may attract coyotes. Homeowners should also eliminate the availability of bird seed. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. If one does feed birds, waste seed and spillage should be cleaned.
According to police, fencing a yard may deter coyotes, and fences should be tight to the ground, extending six inches below the ground level, and brush and tall grass should be removed from properties to reduce protective cover for the animal. Officials noted that regulated hunting and trapping increases the “fear” coyotes have toward people.
“The Greenburgh Police Department recognizes the challenges presented by the potential interaction between coyotes, citizens, their children and pets. We offer the following information and links to assist our residents in identifying these animals and making informed lifestyle decisions to avoid negative contacts with them.”