Mount Kisco has posted a list of safety tips for dealing with coyotes in the wake of a deadly attack against a dog.
The canine, a small domestic dog, was killed by the coyote on Sept. 25 at Leonard Park. The dog's owner reported the attack, according to police, who were unable to catch the coyote.
The tips, from the village's website, are below:
The Eastern coyote is an integral part of New York's ecosystem and usually do not attack humans. You can take some simple steps to reduce and prevent the chance of having problems with coyotes.
- Do not feed coyotes
- Bring pet food and water dishes inside
- Do not leave food outside unattended
- Eliminate availability of bird seed. Coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. If you do feed the birds, clean up waste seed and spillage.
- Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals
- Consider keeping small children and pets inside if there have been coyote sightings near your house.
- If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior - make loud noises, wave your arms, throw sticks and stones.
- Call 911. Do not try to catch the coyote unless you are trained animal trapper.
For additional information about coyotes and rabies prevention, click here to go to the Westchester County Department of Health or click here to go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.