1189 Phinney's Lane, Centerville, MA. 02632
The coyote resembles a medium-sized dog inbody
size and shape, but has a more narrower head & pointed snout. Coloration
varies considerably ranging from blond, light tan, or silver to dark
blotchy brown and black. Other identifying characteristics include
its erect, pointed ears and long black-tipped bushy tail. Coyotes are
opportunistic predators. Their preferred foods include rodents, rabbits,
deer, fruits & berries and occasionally birds, reptiles & insects. They
can also prey on unprotected pets, especially house cats and
Breeding occurs in February or March and up to 4 - 8 pups are born in
April or May. The family usually stays together until fall, then
There are no effective nor registered repellents currently available for
use on coyotes in New England. Auditory and visual scare devices may
provide temporary protection during critical exposure periods, however,
coyotes become accustomed to and quickly ignore stationary devices that
are not periodically moved to new locations.
To help avoid problems with coyotes here are some basic steps to follow:
DO NOT FEED
Feeding will alter the animals behavior, they will become dependent upon
and less wary of humans.
DO NOT APPROACH or TRY TO PET
Although coyotes do not pose an imminent threat to humans, do not
provoke by coming too close.
DON'T LET COYOTES INTIMIDATE YOU
Don't hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises, bright
light or water.
DO NOT LEAVE PET FOOD OUTDOORS
If you must feed pets outside the house provide only the amount your pet
will finish in one feeding. Coyotes will not hesitate to eat foods
SECURE YOUR GARBAGE
Coyotes, like dogs & raccoons will knock over trash cans or tear open
trash bags left in the open.
DO NOT FEED WILD BIRDS
Seed left on the ground can attract coyotes. Also bird feeders with
standing water are targets for coyotes and other animals.
SECURE YOUR PETS
Coyotes and foxes view pets as potential food items. For the safety of
your animals, pets should not be left outdoors unattended.
CLOSE OFF CRAWL SPACES UNDER PORCHES AND SHEDS
Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
CUT BACK BRUSHY EDGES IN YOUR YARD
These areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey
EDUCATE YOUR NEIGHBORS
Pass this information along since your efforts will be futile if
neighbors are providing food or shelter for coyotes
For more information and/or questions call:
Town of Barnstable Animal Control 508-790-6274 or
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Bourne 508-759-3406;
Boston 617-626-1590; Field Headquarters 508-792-7270; website
Information obtained from Mass Wildlife & University of Mass and is
intended as a guide only.
Daniel J. Horn
|Senior Animal Control Officer
|Part Time Animal Control Officer
1189 Phinney's Lane|
Centerville, MA. 02632