PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway police reported that several coyotes were seen in Green Acres Park on Monday.
The coyotes that were spotted were an adult and two juveniles, said officials on the township’s Facebook page.
Township officials said coyotes have been spotted in Green Acres Park in the past as well as in the Livingston Campus’ Rutgers Preserve and nearby, along Metlars Lane.
Experts from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife recommend that residents follow the following guidelines to avoid an encounter with a coyote:
• 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.
Seek medical treatment if you are bitten or scratched and immediately report the incident to the Piscataway Township Police Department at (732) 562-1100.