Residents have expressed concern about coyotes roaming our area. The Town has reviewed this matter and, like many municipalities, is struggling with this issue in large part because New York State prohibits the trapping or shooting of coyotes without a permit. Most animals are seen on private property. If you would like to retain a trapper to address this matter on your property, there are several listed on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Website. One of the issues with trapping however, is that a snare trap is used for many animals and there have been incidents of domestic dogs and cats getting caught in the traps. Some important safety measures include:
Keep garbage in an enclosure or garage to keep all animals away.
Supervise young children outside.
Do not let pets outside alone. When walking dogs in the evening, carry a stick or golf club and flashlight and make loud noises if you see a coyote. Should you encounter any animal that appears to be displaying peculiar behavior or is aggressive, contact the Town Police Department at 914-381-6100 (non-emergency number) and they will determine what action is necessary. If you experience an encounter where physical contact with a coyote has occurred and immediate attention is necessary you must call 911.