Rye Police Department issued an alert and reported a sharp increase in coyote sightings around town at various times of day during the last week in July and the beginning of August.
Rye Police Department issued an alert and reported a sharp increase in coyote sightings around town at various times of day during the last week in July and the beginning of August, including the following:
8/3: Kirby Lane resident reported a coyote just walked through her property. Notation made in coyote log sheet. Homeowner advised to contact NYS-DEC.
8/1: Two coyote sightings near Grace Church Street, in woods and resident’s backyard. Noted in log.
7/31: Coyote sightings: Thistle Lane caller reported large coyote walked through her property from Hidden Spring Lane area, 10:30 a.m. Forest Avenue, backyard from Edith Read Sanctuary, 10:40 a.m. Drake Smith/Kirby lanes, 4-5 p.m. All incidents logged.
7/30: Coyote sightings, Peck Avenue and Lavender Lane, 1:30 p.m.
7/29: Grace Church Street caller reported coyote went after her dog and that coyotes have become more and more numerous and brazen at all hours of day. Advised to call RPD when sighted.
7/28: Kirby Lane caller reported that his dog was bitten by coyote, 3 p.m.
7/22: Coyotes seen in Sackett Landing backyard several times in last few days.
According to a Rye Police Department, all garbage cans holding food should be securely covered; and, if you see a coyote:
Do not approach or feed these animals.
Small children should have adult supervision while outdoors.
If you witness a coyote being aggressive, loud noises and forceful behavior, including waving your arms and throwing sticks or stones, will normally scare them away.
Reported all sightings to the City of Rye police at 967-1234 and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at 845-256-3098.