the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Harrington Park NJ, the Harrington Park Police Department has received multiple calls about coyote sightings in the Highland Field Area near the lower fields and walking trails. Coyotes are usually skittish around humans and typically try to avoid people whenever possible. Chief Maalouf wants citizens to be educated about these animals, as well as the do’s and don’ts when encountering a coyote.
If you encounter a coyote:
• Frighten coyotes with loud noises.
• Fear of humans is important for coyote survival.
• Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container.
• In your yard, remove pet food, fallen fruit and spilled seed beneath bird feeders.
• Use yard lights or motion detectors to frighten them away.
• Keep pets in fenced areas or covered kennels.
• Stay with your pets while outdoors, unless pets are in a secured, covered kennel.
• Do not allow pets to run loose. Keep pets on a leash.
• Females and smaller coyote will hunt for food in the daylight to avoid competing with more aggressive males. This is not an indicator of illness.
• Never feed or attempt to tame a coyote.
• Do not turn your back on a coyote or run away from a coyote.
• If approached, make loud noises and make yourself look big. If this fails, throw rocks or other objects.
• Always keep yourself between the coyote and small children.
• Don’t feed other animals that coyotes prey upon. Birdseed often attracts these innocent animals to your backyard which in turn attracts a coyote that is hungry.
Although attacks on humans are extremely rare, parents need to speak to their children about what to do if they encounter a coyote.