Saturday, May 16, 2009

Coyotes In Town Center!

From Town Center's listserv:

In response to a report we received from a Town Center resident who spotted some coyotes in the Vantage Point neighborhood, the village office contacted the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was given the following information:

1. Coyotes have been spotted in all Maryland counties. They are not new to Howard County.

2. Coyotes are sandy/gray in color and are about the size of a German shepherd (30-35 pounds). In contrast, foxes are reddish in color and weigh about 15 pounds.

3. Although they are generally nocturnal, it is not uncommon to see them during the day.

4. Coyotes' main activity is scavenging for food. Do not leave pet food outside. Secure trash cans with bungee cords. To make trash cans less enticing to coyotes, place an ammonia-soaked rag in the trash can to mask the aroma of food.

5. If you see a coyote, the DNR officer recommended "harrassing" it, by throwing something or spraying water at the coyote.

6. Coyotes prey on small wild animals such as squirrels and rabbits, but they will also prey on pet cats and small-breed dogs if the opportunity arises.

7. The DNR officer stated that she knows of no case in Maryland in which a child was harmed by a coyote. She further stated that such an occurrence is very rare in the east coast of the United States.


Mary said...

Thanks for the reminder! I saw one in my backyard several years ago here in Kings Contrivance, but have not seen one since.

Jackson said...

I just spotted a medium sized coyote in Hickory Ridge near Atholton HS (21044). May 17, 2009 8:20 AM

Dick said...

I've seen one Courthouse drive near historic EC. Glad you're putting this word out.

Mary said...

My husband saw a large coyote early this morning in Valley Mede, Ellicott City. He howled as he sat in our driveway, then ran away.

Sue said...

2 coyotes recently KILLED a 19 year-old woman on a popular hiking trail in Canada. They do occasionally (but rarely) attack children -- and even adults. So we should all make an effort to scare them away with loud noises and shouting from our homes, neighborhood parks, school playgrounds and other populated areas. When coyotes become comfortable around people and ignored by them, they often begin stalking pets. Then later they can begin stalking infants, toddlers and small children!

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahaha thats a bunch of bs there are no coyotes in maryland and if there were they would be out in the west like in the mountains!

Lauren said...

I live in Highland, MD which is outside of Clarksville. I have heard a small pack of coyotes (at least 3) howling in the woods by my neighbors house about 3 years ago. About a year and a half ago my fiancĂ© and I saw a coyote cross in front of us one night. We then scared him off once we saw him running down my property. Then about 2 months ago we heard a small pack of coyotes barking as they were running down through the woods, right outside of my property line. My father has seen them (but not in groups), my neighbors have seen them, so they definitely exist in Maryland. My neighbor’s cat was killed by one, which is scary. Hopefully they stay from us and our pets. We should get the word out about coyotes living in Maryland.