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Increased Coyote Sightings, Here’s What You Should Know

Throughout South Windsor there has been an increase in reported sightings of wild coyotes. The risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low, but they can pose a danger to small pets. Here’s some helpful information from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on how you can protect your pets from coyotes.

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Don’t Feed Them
Do not intentionally feed coyotes and eliminate pet food left outdoors, table scraps on compost piles, and fallen fruit.

Keep Your Pets Inside or On a Leash
Cats should be kept indoors, particularly at night, and small dogs should be on a leash and under close supervision at all times.

Make Noise to Frighten Them Away
It’s rare for a coyote to attack a person. But if you see one, you can attempt to frighten it away by making loud noises (shouting, air horn, or banging pots and pans) and acting aggressively (waving your arms, throwing sticks, spraying with a garden hose).

Keep Livestock in a Pen
Sheep and fowl are at the greatest risk of coyote attack. However, coyotes pose very little danger to horses and cattle. The probability of a coyote attack can be reduced by penning susceptible livestock and poultry at night.

Fence Your Property
Homeowners should realize that if they live near suitable habitat, fencing may be the only method to completely eliminate coyotes from travelling near homes.

For more information about coyotes visit http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325992.