Coyote in Crofton

This is a Press Release from the Crofton Police Department

On today’s date (4/14/19) at approximately 0943 Hours, Officers of the Crofton Police Department responded to the 1800 block of Regents Park Road East in reference to a Coyote being trapped in a resident back yard. Officers were able to get the trapped Coyote out of the backyard without further incident. Maryland Natural Resources were notified of the Coyote being in the area. Below are some tips for residents to use if they encounter a Coyote. TIPS FOR MANAGING COYOTE & WILD LIFE PROBLEMS:

  • If a coyote is encountered, scare it away by yelling and acting aggressively, stomping your feet and waving your arms, and/or throwing rocks or other objects. It is important to maintain a coyote’s natural fear of humans.
  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes frequent.
  • Never feed coyotes or provide them with water.
  • Don’t give coyote’s access to garbage. Keep trash lids on tight and don’t put trash cans out until the morning of pick-up so coyotes and other wildlife will have less time to scavenge and won’t have the cover of darkness. Wild life are most active in the spring and summer and especially at night or twilight.
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost. Pick up fallen fruit and keep compost piles securely covered. Cover new compost with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling and never include animal matter.
  • If possible, feed dogs and cats indoors. Don’t feed feral (wild) cats. Coyotes prey on them along with any food you leave out for them.
  • Prevent the buildup of food under bird feeders.
  • Keep cats and small to medium-size dogs indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If you suspect losing a pet to a coyote or other animal, notify your neighbors. Once it finds easy prey, it will continue to hunt in the area.
  • Prune shrubs and trees several feet above the ground (especially where children play); clear brush and weeds to deprive rodents of shelter and reduce protective cover for wild life. Use traps and rodenticides, if needed, to control rodents.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Moth balls and ammonia-soaked rags placed strategically may deter coyotes from entering your property.

WARNING: Feeding coyotes is dangerous to our community and prohibited

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