The Upper St. Clair Police Department have recently received multiple calls about coyote sightings within the borough. Our surrounding communities have also reported receiving the same type of reports.
Wild Life Help
First, to clear up a myth... Coyotes are definitely NOT new to the area and have existed in our neighborhoods for some time.
Here are some Coyote Safety Tips to help educate you about these animals, as well as provide some do's and don't when encountering a coyote.
- Fear of humans is important for coyote survivial.
- Don't feed other animals that coyotes prey upon. Birdseed often attracts these innocent animals to your backyard, which in turn attracts a coyote that is hungry.
- Although attacks on humans are extremely rare, parents need to speak to their children about what to do if they encounter a coyote.
- Coyotes are usually skittish around humans and typically try to avoid people whenever possible.
Things you can do if you spot a coyote in your neighborhood or near your home:
- Frighten coyotes with loud noises.
- Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container.
- In your yard, remove pet food, fallen fruit, and spilled seed beneath bird feeders.
- Use yard lights or motion detectors to frighten them away.
- Keep pets in fenced areas or covered kennels.
- Stay with your pets while outdoors, unless pets are in a secure, covered kennel.
- Do not allow pets to run loose. Keep pets on a leash.
If you encounter a coyote:
- Do not turn your back on a coyote or run away from a coyote.
- If approached, make loud noises and make yourself look big. If this fails, throw rocks or other objects.
- Always keep yourself between the coyote and small children.
IF YOU SEE ANY COYOTES WHO ARE BEHAVING IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR SAFETY, CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 412.833.7500 IMMEDIATELY.
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