Should I be concerned about coyotes attacking me or my pets?
Generally, coyote are extremely shy and avoid contact with humans. In urban and suburban areas, coyotes may be less likely to fear people and more likely to associate them with an easy, dependable food source. Pets, especially cats and small dogs, are seen by coyote as a food source and should be protected.
What should you do if you see a coyote?
If you see a coyote, make loud noises, yell, toss water balloons, a tennis ball and other objects in the general direction of the animal to startle it. By exhibiting these actions you are reinforcing wildlife's perception of you as a predator. Make sure that the coyotes natural fear of man remains acute.
Are coyotes nocturnal?
No, coyotes may hunt at dawn and dusk however are often seen during the day, especially when they have pups to feed during the summer months.
Do coyote carry rabies?
Like all warm-blooded animals, coyotes may contact rabies. Report any unusual wildlife behavior to the Animal Control Officer, Sue Webb at 781.235.8460.
What is the Town of Wellesley doing to protect citizens from the coyote population?
The coyote problem has been classified as a public safety issue. The Animal Control Officer, the Wellesley Police Department and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Massachusetts Environmental Police are closely monitoring the behavior throughout the town and planning action accordingly.
For more information:
Wellesley Police Department, Animal Control, 485 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA