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Spotswood Police Department
Friday January 4th, 2019 :: 09:33 a.m. EST


This agency has received a report of a recent Coyote sighting in the wooded area behind Clearwater Village.

This agency has received a report of a recent Coyote sighting in the wooded area behind Clearwater Village. Residents are urged to be mindful and vigilant at all times and should take caution in leaving their pets unattended.

The following guidelines can help reduce the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes:

1.Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.

2.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.

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

4.Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
Bring pets in at night.

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

6.Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other farm

7.Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.

8.Although extremely rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.

9.Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

10.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.

11.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.

For additional information, please go to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website or contact the Spotswood Police Department directly in the event of an emergency.

Spotswood Police Department
77 Summerhill Rd
Spotswood, NJ 08884

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-251-2121

Les Genovese

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