Please be aware there has been a reported sighting of a coyote in the C & D sections of Aberdeen Township. Due to the sighting, we are urging our residents to read the information and guidelines below that can help reduce the likelihood of any conflicts with coyotes.
Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature wary of humans. However, coyote behavior changes if given access to human food and garbage. They lose caution and fear. Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food and domestic animals that are left unattended. Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is irresponsible and can lead to problems.
If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person immediately contact the Aberdeen Township Police Department at 732-566-2054 and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793; outside of normal business hours call the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP. Please note, adult coyotes range in weight from 20-50 pounds and can vary in color, including blonde, red and black.
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 prey upon the cats.
• Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
• Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
• Do not leave pets unattended. 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 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 are not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks or spray them with a garden hose.