Somerville Animal Control Updates:Coyote Sightings In Somerville

Many of our residents have contacted us regarding coyote sightings. Mating season is upon us. Here is some useful information! Please contact us with any questions or concerns:

We are currently in coyote mating season! During this time, coyotes will be seen during all hours of the day and night. If you see a coyote, it’s no cause for fear. Most often, coyotes will continue on their way without bothering people. As for your own pets, be smart, keep them leashed and supervised at all times, keep your cats indoors as well. No pet should be left outside unsupervised.

From our friends at Project Coyote:
Coyotes are usually wary of people and will avoid us whenever possible. Bold behavior is unusual and is most often a result of habituation due to intentional or unintentional feeding, the presence of a dog, or the coyote defending a den and young.

If you encounter a coyote, remember the following:
Never feed or try to “tame” a coyote; appreciate coyotes from a distance.
Walk dogs on leashes; pick up small dogs if a coyote is near.
If approached, be BIG and LOUD. You can also scare the animal by blowing a whistle, shaking a can with coins inside. Do not run from a coyote; calmly leave the area.

It’s perfectly possible to coexist with coyotes!
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4 thoughts on “Somerville Animal Control Updates:Coyote Sightings In Somerville”

  1. As of 12:30am, just heard a high pitched howl and looked out the back bathroom window as our sensor light was on. Definitely saw a coyote walking down the hill from the end of Fremont St in Winter Hill to East Albion St and the over the fence into Medford.

  2. Frankly, I hope that they control the out-of-control rabbit population. I am not scared of them. When I see one, it’s very calm and certainly does not appear to be rabid.

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