The Chelsea Police have recently been receiving calls on coyote sightings in the Prattville and Woodlawn areas of the city. The police department is providing these tips on how to avoid conflict with these animals based on urban coyote research and advice from the Animal Control Officer.
- Do not feed coyotes – the most effective way to prevent coyote attacks is to eliminate wildlife feeding. Many people unintentionally feed these animals by leaving pet food and unsecured garbage out at night. Even bird feeders should be removed as they may attract rodents that coyotes feed on.
- Do not let pets run loose – do not let your pet, especially small pets outside unattended and keep them leashed when walking with you.
- Do not run from a coyote- you should make noise by shouting or by throwing something in their direction. If you see a coyote during the daytime, you should exhibit caution as the coyote may have become habituated to humans and may be more likely to attack.
- Do not create conflict where it does not exist – do not seek out opportunities to otherwise aggravate the animal.
- Eliminate shelter for coyotes- coyotes will utilize areas under porches and sheds for resting and raising their young. keep these areas clear and clean.
- **Report aggressive, fearless coyotes immediately**- when a a coyote fails to exhibit fear of humans or acts aggressively, the animal should be reported to the police as soon as possible.
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