It’s not uncommon for coyotes to pop up throughout the area. There’s been several sightings recently in Greece leading Town Supervisor, Bill Reilich to warn residents on what they should do if they encounter one.
“Some residents have expressed concerns regarding coyote sightings, so I wanted to provide the public with some educational information on what practices will help in avoiding frequent encounters with the animals.” said Reilich in a prepared statement.
One person we spoke with, recently spotted a coyote.
“They’re huge! Very big.” said Greece Resident Joely Roberts, “We’ve had one in our backyard going after a cat. It was the size of a German Shepard.”
Roberts says her neighborhood has been a hot-bed for coyotes. Twila Walsh lives nearby on Red Apple Lane. She says she’s had to be extra careful with her dog Riley since seeing coyotes walking down her street with prey in their mouths.
“We’re always out here with him. You used to be able to let him run in the front yard or the backyard until the grabbing of the turkeys, the hearing of the noise and seeing them with bunnies. Now we have to be with him at all times.” said Walsh.
If you’re walking down the street and notice a coyote, you’re advised to scare it away but wait before chasing it down.
“Definitely do not approach them, don’t feed them, don’t try to take pictures from a distance or whatever, you need to be very careful” said Noble Armstrong of Armstrong Wildlife Solutions.
Here’s what he says you should do.
“I would yell and try to get them to run away. Many times that will deter them from coming back.” said Armstrong.
He also suggests keeping food and pets inside to avoid attracting coyotes to your home.
You’re advised to call 911 if you require immediate assistance with an aggressive coyote.