How to avoid attracting coyotes in your neighborhood

Hampden County

22News viewers have been seeing and snapping photos of coyotes in their neighborhoods.

According to the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, coyotes are active all year long. They don’t hibernate.

Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, which means they’ll eat whatever’s easy to obtain. This can include unsecured garbage, pet food, road kill, and they’ve been known to prey on cats or small dogs.

One Cummington resident said he’s been hearing coyotes in his neighborhood more often. 

“It’s a little bit more action this year. I haven’t seen any, but I hear them howling,” John Maruskin told 22News. “I usually see at least two or three a year.”

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said you can avoid attracting coyotes by securing your garbage and using bird feeders that don’t drop seeds on the ground. And keep your dog on a leash outdoors. 

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