We got this alert this afternoon from Bronxville police regarding coyote sightings:
THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS OF A COYOTE IN THE VILLAGE THIS MORNING. A COYOTE WAS OBSERVED ON PARK AVENUE NEAR AVON ROAD – TANGLEWYLDE AVENUE AND THE HIGH ROAD. WE ARE ISSUING THE BELOW SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ALL RESIDENTS. PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 914-337-0500 IF YOU SEE A COYOTE IN THE VILLAGE.
• Fence pet and animal enclosures completely, if possible include a top.
• Keep cats and small dogs indoors. When walking small dogs, always keep them on a leash.
• Coyotes are most active dusk to dawn. Avoid walking pets after dark.
• Bring along pepper spray or a stick in case a coyote gets aggressive. If you see a coyote, wave your arms, shout, spray it with a hose. Be a threat! (Screaming or yelling and waving arms sometimes won’t work on coyotes that have lost their fear of humans.)
• Any pet smaller than 45 pounds should never be left outside past 4 p.m.
• Feed pets indoors. Eliminate potential food and water sources such as fallen fruit or vegetables and standing water.
• Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers.
• Keep yards free of potential hiding places. Remove thick brush and weeds. Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks.
• If you encounter a coyote that behaves aggressively, you have probably gotten too close to its prey or its family. Throw rocks, sticks or other objects. Do not turn away and run.
• Do not feed coyotes. Doing so can make them less afraid of humans and potentially more dangerous.
• Do not leave small children unattended outdoors for any period of time.