What to do if you see a coyote

Recently, there have been sightings of coyotes within the Borough. The sightings are scarce and no aggressive behavior toward humans have been reported to the police. The coyotes are wildlife that live among us. But to insure your safety you can follow these precautions regarding coyotes in the area or visit the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife website.

  • Never feed a coyote.

  • Feeding cats outdoors can attract coyotes. the coyotes will feed on the pet food and also prey on cats.

  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.

  • Remove sources of water

  • Bring pets in at night.

  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.

  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other farm animals

  • Although EXTREMELY RARE, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house

  • Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings. This reduces protective cover for coyotes and makes the area less attractive to rodents and rabbits. Coyotes are attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated.

  • If coyotes are present, make sure they know they are not welcome, make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with garden hoses.

If you observe a coyotes acting aggressive or you believe that they may be rabid, immediately call the Oradell Police Department.