MORRIS PLAINS (Morris County) – The Morris Plains Police Department is warning residents about an increase in coyote sightings.
Police offer these tips in regards to dealing with coyotes, should you encounter them:
- Never feed coyotes.
- Never leave your cats or dogs unattended and do not assume that if you have a fenced in backyard, that is sufficient.
- If your dog is leashed, accompany your pet at all times with a leash that is no longer then 6 feet in length.
- Have noisemakers handy to scare coyotes away should they enter your yard.
- Do not run away or turn your back on a coyote.
- Keep your children and pets close to you. Do not let them get in between you or your children or pets.
- To scare coyotes away, blow a whistle or clap your hands loudly.
“Also, it is not abnormal for coyotes to be out during the daytime. They often seek food during the day as they prey on squirrels, which are most active during daytime hours,” police said.
If you witness a coyote acting strange or aggressive, contact the police department at 973-538-2284.