DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Police Department has issued an advisory alerting residents of coyote sightings in town. The advisory states that while "[t]here is no cause for alarm[,]...[residents should] be mindful of any small domestic pets that are let outside. It is good practice to always have your pet on a leash."

A fact sheet attached to the advisory listed the following precautions when coyotes might be near:

  • Outdoor feeding of domestic and/or wild cats can attract coyotes. The coyotes feed on the pet food and might also prey on the cats.
  • Avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey, put away bird feeders, pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other farm animals.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds from your property. Coyotes, as well as other predators, are attracted to areas where rodents congregate, such as woodpiles.
  • Be mindful of any small domestic pets that are let outside. It is good practice to always supervise your pet and have it on a leash.
  • Bring pets in at night.
  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
  • Remove sources of water, especially in dry conditions.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is irresponsible and can lead to problems. They lose caution and fear.

The advisory urges anyone with questions or concerns regarding coyotes to contact Denville Animal Control at 973-627-4900 ext. 265.

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