Oh No! NJ Officials Warn Residents of Coyotes After Sighting and Attack
If you'll be outdoors in the parks this summer, keep an especially careful eye out!
Due to recently reported sightings and coyote encounters around populated areas in Essex and Union counties, local officials have temporarily closed two New Jersey parks, according to NJ.com.
First, officials had to close a section of South Mountain Reservation last week in Essex County after a coyote bit a 13 year old girl! She was treated for puncture wounds to the leg in the hospital.
In case you didn't know, coyotes are a part of New Jersey's wildlife landscape. Sightings have been reported in every New Jersey county. So it's important we do our part to avoid encounters.
How can I avoid a coyote encounter?
According to Urban Coyote Research, here are steps you can take to avoid coyote encounters:
- Do not feed coyotes
- Do not let your pets run loose
- Do not run from a coyote
- Consider repellents or fencing
- Report bold, aggressive coyotes immediately
What do I do if a coyote is approaching my dog and I on a walk?
Here's what TheWildest.com suggests you do:
- Stop and stand still
- Make Yourself big
- Be loud and assertive
- Slowly back away
- Never turn your back and run. (You may trigger a predatory response)
If you happen to see a coyote wandering around populated areas and/or showing aggression, be sure to alert your local authories!