March 27 2017

Coyote Reported Chased Small Dog in Mill Street Conservation Area

By: Rich Hosford

A heads up to residents in the Mill Street area.

A Burlington resident told BNEWS that she encountered a pack of coyotes while walking her dogs in the conservation area off of Mill Street. She said the smaller of the two dogs was chased but fortunately found its way back home.

Experts say that coyotes are usually scared by humans and will not attack people or bigger dogs. Sometimes, however, they have been known to attack small children or, more often, small pets.

The outdoor-themed website Active.com offers the following tips to people who have coyotes in their neighborhoods:

  • Never feed coyotes—it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.


  • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.


  • Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.


  • Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet.


  • Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.


  • Don't run away or turn your back on a coyote.


  • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.

  • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.

Note: The photo used with this story is a file photo and does not depict a coyote seen in Burlington.

 

 
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