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Coyotes in Your Neighborhood

Coyotes in Your Neighborhood

Breeding season for coyotes peaks in mid-February. During April/May, they will give birth to 4–8 pups in a den. We've received calls that residents are starting to see them in their neighborhood, particularly the Houghs Neck area. Here are some tips offered by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife:

*Don't feed or try to pet coyotes: Keep wild things wild! Feeding, whether direct or indirect, can cause coyotes to act tame and may lead to bold behavior. Coyotes that rely on natural foods remain wild and wary of humans.

*Secure your garbage: Coyotes raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight fitting lids and keep them in secure buildings when possible. Take out trash when the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night. Keep compost in secure, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce attractive odors.

*Keep bird feeder areas clean: Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals coyotes prey upon. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.

*Close off crawl spaces: Coyotes will use areas under porches and sheds for resting and raising young. Close these areas off to prevent animals from using them.

*Don't let coyotes intimidate you: Don't hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises, bright lights, or water sprayed from a hose.

*Pet Owners: Although free roaming pets are more likely to be killed by automobiles than by wild animals, coyotes do view cats and small dogs as potential food, and larger dogs as competition. For the safety of your pets, keep them leased at all times. Additionally, feed your pets indoors. Outdoor feeding can attract many wild animals.

Learn more about coyotes in MA: bit.ly/MA-coyotes