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Increase in Franklin Lakes Coyote Sightings, Cops Warn

Police are warning area residents about an increased number of coyotes, who have been known to attack small pets.

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Coyote sightings are on the rise in Franklin Lakes, and the borough police department is warning residents to be on the look out.

Franklin Lakes Police Chief Joseph R. Seltenrich issued a warning Friday saying that the borough has recently experienced a "modest increase in the amount of coyote sightings."

"Generally, they will avoid people, but may attack small pets if they are left unattended, as they are, by nature, a predatory animal," Seltenrich said in the alert. 

The animals, who are related to dogs but have long snouts and bushy tails, survive on rabbits, mice, birds, weakened deer, and human food, often found in trash cans.

The PD released the following NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife warnings about coyotes:
  • Never deliberately feed coyotes 
  • Feed all domesticated pets indoors 
  • Place trash into tightly closed containers which cannot be easily tipped over 
  • Remove sources of outside water, if possible 
  • Bring pets in at night 
  • Remove bird feeders at night, to avoid attracting coyote prey (rodents) 
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other such animals 
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles 
  • Monitor small children, even in backyards 
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house 
  • Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings, as they attract coyote prey 
  • If a coyote presents itself, make loud noises, blast an air horn, throw rocks, or spray it with a garden hose
Residents who see coyotes should report them to the Franklin Lakes Police Department, at 201-891-3131.

"The Department’s protocol is to monitor the coyote and alert individuals, who are outdoors and in the vicinity."
Tina B February 01, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Sure! Hmmm, I wonder why? DUH! They keep building more and more housing developments and taking away the Coyotes' natural homes, so of course they roam the suburbs looking for food & shelter. Same with the deer and other wildlife so many complain about recently. Just remember--the animals were here FIRST and their homes were stolen by greedy politicians and builders! Stop destroying every natural area and woodlot and the animals will stay where they belong!

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