Ways to keep coyotes off your property

Coyotes can be a particular threat for those who have livestock or pets

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Coyotes have been in western Massachusetts since the 1950s, but many people do not expect to find them in their neighborhood. A 22News viewer in Palmer contacted us through our Report It feature on Friday, saying that three coyotes were attacking his chickens this morning.

Coyotes can be a particular concern if you have livestock or pets; particularly cats and small dogs. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife recommends that you fence-in and protect your livestock from any possible intrusion from coyotes. For pet owners, you should avoid feeding your animals outdoors, as coyotes may be attracted to their food.

Here are some other tips to keep coyotes off your property:

  • Keep your garbage secure
  • Do not feed or try to pet a coyote
  • Cut down brush in your yard that can provide cover for coyotes
  • Close-off crawl spaces under porches and sheds

Also, if you see a coyote on your property, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife advises you to make loud noises or shine bright lights. You can even throw a tennis ball or spray a garden hose at a coyote to let it know that it is not welcome on your property.

For more information on coyotes in Massachusetts, visit the website of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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