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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