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Coyote sightings and safety tips

Coyote sightings and safety tips

Recently residents in the Woodmere area have reported sighting animals that appear to be coyotes. A coyote is a wild member of the dog family, and closely resembles a small German shepherd with the exception of its long snout and bushy, black-tipped tail. Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available including: garbage, pet food, and domestic animals that are left unattended. Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage cans can lead to problems.

Some precautions that can reduce the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes include: never feeding a coyote, putting garbage in a tightly closed container than can not be tipped over, bringing in pets at night, and putting away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey. 

For further information regarding coyotes and coyote behavior, refer to the New Jersey DEP  Division of Wildlife website.