Please note: There has been a large increase of coyotes in the area. Please take caution with your pets.
Links from Mass. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife:
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the chance of human-coyote conflicts:
• Do not feed coyotes!
• Eliminate sources of water, particularly in dry climates.
• Bird feeders should be positioned so that coyotes can't get the feed. Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps, and even seed. They may also be attracted by birds and rodents that come to the feeders.
• Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it.
• Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
• Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors. Store pet and livestock feed where it is inaccessible to wildlife.
• Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey.
• Fencing your yard could deter coyotes. The fence should be at least 6 feet high with the bottom extending at least 6 inches below ground level for best results.
• Don't leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been frequenting the area.
• Don't allow pets to run free. Keep them safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them. Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night. Provide secure shelters for poultry, rabbits, and other vulnerable animals.
• Install motion-sensitive lighting around your residence.
• Discourage coyotes from frequenting your area. If you observe coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting making loud noises, or blowing a whistle.
If you encounter a coyote and it is acting in an aggressive manner toward a human and one's safety is in danger, dial 9-1-1 and the police department or an animal control officer will respond.