Maybe it was looking to make a quick stop at the supermarket?
For the second time this week, a coyote has been spotted roaming the streets of Westchester.
A passerby shot video of a coyote prowling on Main Street in Peekskill on Tuesday night, across from Stop & Shop in the Beach Shopping Center. It was not immediately clear if it was the same coyote that was hanging out between Route 9A and the Cortlandt train station in Montrose earlier this week, or a separate animal, though a witness said it looked similar.
Police have 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.
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