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Seen One? Coyote Sighting Leads To Advisory In Yonkers

Yonkers police are warning residents to be watchful for coyotes.
Yonkers police are warning residents to be watchful for coyotes. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- After a recent spike in the number of coyote sightings across the area, the Yonkers Police department is offering helpful tips in dealing with the animals from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The first thing to remember is that if a coyote does not flee from people, it should be considered dangerous.

Coyotes in residential areas can be attracted to garbage, pet food, and other human-created sources of food, the DEC said.

Children are at greatest risk of being injured by coyotes. If a coyote has been observed repeatedly near an area where children frequent, be vigilant.

To reduce the risks of attracting coyotes and other wildlife, the DEC offers these tips:

  • Do not feed pets outside.
  • Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals.
  • Eliminate availability of bird seed.
  • Do not allow coyotes to approach people or pets.
  • Teach children to keep a distance from coyotes.
  • 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, throw sticks and stones.
  • Do not allow pets to run free. Supervise all outdoor pets to keep them safe from coyotes.
  • Fencing your yard 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.

If you observe a coyote displaying bold or aggressive behavior, please report the animal to the Yonkers Police Department at (914) 377-7900 or dial 911 in emergencies.

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