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Coyotes Cause Concern in North Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – More and more local residents are complaining of coyote problems. Carol Goldberg of North Salem says: “It was about 9 p.m. when my dogs were let out and were attacked by a coyote.” One dog was hospitalized and nearly died. The other received three puncture wounds.

Goldberg describes her property as “completely deer fenced, and the dogs are on an electric fence to keep them on the lawn. The coyote dug a hole underneath the wire fence,” she said.

Coyotes have caused concern in Somers, as well. Sightings have been reported in Lake Lincolndale, Koegal Park, Heritage Hills, and Lake Purdys. “I hear them howling at night from the Angle Brook Golf Course,” writes Somers’ Michael John Imperatrice on Facebook. “It’s eerie.”

Anne-Marie Nordgren reports from North Salem’s Vail Lane: “The largest coyote I have ever seen trotted into my yard in broad daylight and grabbed one of my hens and trotted off, despite me being right there in the garden, yelling and running after it."

Nordgren continued, “I used to see small packs when I lived in South Salem. But nothing like this! So bold – and the size was really scary. It was the size of a large German shepherd. It looked right at me. It was shocking.”

Alex Covino of the local Harvest Moon Farm says, “We lost four goats in one night. They were in the back field and it was fenced, but the coyotes must have snuck under. When we found the goats, one was dead in its pen, two others were scattered across the property, and one is missing. I guess they took it home to eat it.”

Lori Severino of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports that there have been no unusual coyote reports this season. “Typically they’re born in March and April. By June, they begin some rudimentary hunting. Because of the increased activity, people report seeing more.” The coyote population is highest in the spring, she adds, but it diminishes as the year goes on.

“It is illegal to shoot a coyote on your grounds unless it is actually damaging property,” Severino explains. “Coyotes are protected small game, and may be taken by licensed hunters and trappers during the small-game season.”

For more information on avoiding conflicts with coyotes, do to the DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/environmentdec/19062.html and http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6971.html

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