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Clarkstown Coyote Sightings Prompt Warning From Police

Clarkstown Police Department officials are reporting that there have been several coyote sightings in the Charles Boulevard area of Valley Cottage.
Clarkstown Police Department officials are reporting that there have been several coyote sightings in the Charles Boulevard area of Valley Cottage. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department

CLARKSTOWN, N. Y. -- Clarkstown police are offering tips to residents about how to co-exist with coyotes after having several reports of sightings in the Charles Boulevard area in Valley Cottage.

Police are sharing a list of tips for keeping small pets and children safe from coyotes. Though coyote attacks on humans are very rare, a cat or small dog may be vulnerable to a coyote that typically hunts small mammals, according to the Humane Society of the United States .

Clarkstown police suggest staying away from coyotes, and following these tips:

  • Don't feed coyotes. Not only is it illegal, but it will attract coyotes to neighborhoods.
  • Use enclosed runs for cats and dogs, especially at night. A coyote can jump a fence.
  • Go outside with your pet. Turn on outdoor lights and check the yard for wildlife.
  • Use short leashed when outside. The Clarkstown Police Department recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Have whistles and horns on hand to scare away coyotes in your yard.
  • Don't turn your back or run away from coyote.
  • Keep children close to you. Don't allow a coyote to get between you and pets or children.
  • If you do have a close encounter with a coyote, yell, clap hands and make noise to try to scare if off.

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