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Increased Coyote Sightings In Westborough

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As some may have heard, or even encountered, the coyotes throughout the town have been shamelessly running along neighborhoods, prowling in backyards, and howling throughout the night. According to Mass.gov, these are Eastern coyotes and they live throughout Massachusetts except for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The problem is that they are adaptable and can thrive in suburban, urban, and rural areas. 

Coyotes attacking humans is very rare in Massachusetts, especially in Westborough. However, these strong predators will attack your pets that are out during the nighttime or even broad daylight. So make sure that your animals aren’t out too late because although these animals might be harmless to you, they will strike your pets. 

Ways to avoid conflict with coyotes is to NOT feed them whether knowingly or unknowingly. This can cause tame behaviors which may result in bold behavior. Ways to prevent this are to remove bird feeders, secure your garbage and compost, and protect produce and livestock. 

Many reading this article are mainly here to protect their pets, as the local coyotes have recently been more daring. To prevent further attacks on pets, we recommend supervising your animals at all times outside, as well as keeping them on leashes. Feeding indoors is also preventative because then it doesn’t attract wildlife. 

To protect yourself and your animals, mass wildlife shares that by “hazing” these coyotes are a way to have them stay clear of you. You can do this by moving towards them, clapping your hands, and waving them in the air. Another way is making loud noises to scare them off. And finally throwing small objects such as tennis balls can keep your pets safe. 

 

Sources: 

Learn about coyotes | Mass.gov

Prevent conflicts with coyotes | Mass.gov  

 

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