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Watch out for coyotes, DEC warns

Mar 08, 2022 1:03 pm

Evelyn F. Preston reports for The Legislative Gazette that the Department of Environmental Conservation is warning New Yorkers that coyotes are now active. “This is the time of year when New York’s resident coyotes breed and set up dens for pups that will arrive in the spring,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “While conflicts with people and pets are rare, New Yorkers should remain alert and follow DEC’s common-sense guidelines to minimize the risk for potential conflicts with coyotes.” Like with bears, residents should secure garbage, and be careful with pet food. "If coyotes exhibit aggressive behavior and fail to show fear of people, or if it is spotted consistently in residential areas, people are urged to contact their Regional DEC Wildlife Office for assistance. In emergency situations, people are urged to contact the local police department," the DEC says. Read more about this story at The Legislative Gazette.