Woodland Park, NJ- There have been numerous coyote sightings recently in the Passaic Valley area. These sightings stretch from the Totowa PAL to the Great Notch Inn and usually occur in the evening hours. Can be extremely dangerous and according to reports there are several coyotes in the area ranging in size and appear not to fear people.
Woodland Park Lt. John Uzzalino said "The Passaic Valley area has become the coyotes natural habitat, make sure you do not interact in any way with the coyotes and be cautioned that they may be aggressive. Do not feed them and call your local Police Department if you encounter them."
As per the Division of Fish & Wildlife, police are confident that this most recent sighting is in fact a coyote. Visit these links to the Fish & Wildlife website for additional information about Coyotes and other wildlife in New Jersey:
Coyote Precautions: The following guidelines can help reduce the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes:
•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.
If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact your local police department and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793; outside of normal business hours call the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.