Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo issued a warning to the public after a town resident reported a possible coyote sighting early Sunday morning.
Trigo said the resident of Locust Avenue believes to have observed a coyote at approximately 4 a.m. today. He advised anyone who comes in contact with coyotes, or any other wild animals, to be careful.
"If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person or domestic animal, immediately call 911."
The following tips are provided by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
- Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.
- Feeding pet cats and/or feral (wild) cats outdoors can attract coyotes. The coyotes feed on the pet food and also prey upon the cats.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- 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.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- 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, as well as other predators, are attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated like woodpiles.
- If coyotes are present, make sure they know they're not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.