Coyote Identification & Safety

The Greenburgh Police Department recognizes the challenges presented by the potential interaction between coyotes, citizens, their children and pets. We offer the following information and links to assist our residents in identifying these animals and making informed lifestyle decisions to avoid negative contacts with them.

Safety Tips

Important Coyote Safety Tips from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

  • Ask your neighbors to follow these same steps
  • Do not allow pets to run free
  • Do not feed coyotes
  • Do not feed pets outside
  • Eliminate availability of bird seed, coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders.If you do feed birds, clean up waste seed and spillage
  • Fencing your yard may deter coyotes, the fence should be tight to the ground, preferably extending six inches below ground level
  • If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior, make loud noises, wave your arms, throw sticks and stones
  • Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals
  • Regulated hunting and trapping increases the "fear" coyotes have towards people
  • Remove brush and tall grass from around your property to reduce protective cover for coyotes
  • Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance