Coyote sighting in eastern Brunswick, police ask residents to stay alert

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The East Brunswick Police Department said it has received reports of coyote sightings in the township.

Coyote sightings have been reported in the Ryder Lanes and Tices Lane area, police said on Wednesday. It is unclear if a coyote is roaming the area or more. Police have asked residents to remain alert and vigilant at all times.

Residents living in the area should not leave their pets unattended, police said.

Coyotes are inherently wary of humans and attacks are extremely rare, police said. However, if a resident sees a coyote acting aggressively or erratically, they should contact the East Brunswick Police Department immediately (emergency: 911 and non-emergency: 732-390-6900).

The NJ Fish and Wildlife has the following guidelines that can help reduce conflicts with coyotes:

  • Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes endangers pets and other neighborhood residents.
  • Feeding pet cats and/or feral (feral) cats outdoors may attract coyotes. Coyotes feed on pet food and also prey on cats.
  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot tip over.
  • Remove water sources, especially in dry climates.
  • Bring pets at night.
  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other farms
  • animals.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost heaps.
  • Although extremely rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should supervise their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Clear dense brush and weeds 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 such as piles of wood.
  • If coyotes are present, make sure they know they are not welcome. Make loud noises, blow up a compressed air siren or spray them with a garden hose.

For more information on coyotes, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/coyote_info.htm


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