The return of warmer temperatures mean coyote populations throughout New York State will become more active foraging for their young in coming months. With that in mind, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance on preventing conflicts between people and coyotes as spring temperatures approach.
"Coyotes are an integral part of our natural ecosystem, but they can come into conflict with people if they become habituated to human presence and food sources", said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even urban environments, but for the most part they will avoid conflict with people. However, conflicts with people and pets may result as coyotes tend to be territorial around den sites.
Here are a few recommended steps to reduce the risk of conflict with coyotes.
- 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
- If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior - stand tall, and hold arms out to look large. Make noises.
For additional information about coyotes visit the DEC website