SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police in Massachusetts are warning residents and pet owners to be wary of coyotes this time of year.
Coyotes are more active now because it is mating season. Wildlife Control Operator, Jonathan Cahoon of Critter Control of Springfield Coyotes are said to be most frequently seen in January and March. They say coyotes can be dangerous to small pets because they see them as a potential food source. To keep their pets safe, owners should always accompany their pets when they are outside.
“Keep your animals on a leash whenever possible, don’t feed your animals outside, leave out food, bird feeders, making sure they’re nice and clean, your “The pass has no means of attracting predators. Looking for things like mice and rats.”
Below are some more tips. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:
- Do not feed or attempt to pet coyotes: Keep the wild things wild! Feeding, whether direct or indirect, can cause coyotes to gain control and lead to bold behavior. Coyotes that rely on natural foods are wild and wary of humans.
- Keep your litter safe: Coyotes raid open waste materials and compost piles. Store your garbage in hard plastic containers with tight lids and in secure buildings when possible. Take out the trash when morning pickup is scheduled, not the night before. Keep compost in safe, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce unpleasant odors.
- Enclosed crawl spaces: Coyotes will use areas under porches and sheds to rest and raise young. Block off these areas to prevent animals from using them.
- Don’t let coyotes scare you: Don’t hesitate to scare or scare coyotes with loud noises, bright lights, or water from a hose.
- Cut back brush edges: These areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
- Livestock Protection and Production: Coyotes will prey on livestock. Various techniques, such as fencing, will protect livestock from predation. Clean the fallen fruit from around the fruit.
Coyotes travel primarily between dusk and dawn but can be active 24 hours a day. They are generally afraid of humans, but if you see one acting aggressively, contact the environmental police.