Coyotes are an integral and beneficial part of the natural ecosystem. Many of Lyme’s resident coyotes are setting up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Use these common sense measures to minimize the chance of conflicts.
Never feed coyotes or encourage them to be your friend. Problems with coyotes happen most often when the coyote has become acclimatized and has lost its fear of people. Do not leave pet food or other sources of food outside.
Coyotes will avoid people walking the preserves. However, encounters between coyotes and dogs walking with people may occur, as coyotes tend to be territorial and protective around den sites during the spring through mid-summer period. Dog walkers should keep their dogs leashed or under direct control at all times.
IF APPROACHED BY A COYOTE WHILE DOG WALKING, DO NOT RUN!
- Control your dog and calmly leave the area.
- Let the coyote know you are the boss. To frighten coyotes: shout, wave your arms, throw things, and act aggressively.
- Do NOT pick up your dog.
- If a coyote acts unusually aggressive towards a human or acts sick, or you feel like you are in imminent danger, call 911.
- Report coyote encounters on Lyme Preserves: Trail report