There have been several coyote sightings in coastal Monmouth country according to the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.

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The commission said the “sightings have not been localized within any specific neighborhood.” Further, they have declined to be specific about any locations in particular. They are urging Monmouth county residents to be alert.

 

 

 

According to the commission:

A coyote closely resembles a small German Shepherd, but differs in that the coyote has a long snout and a bushy, black-tipped tail. A coyote usually holds its tail below a horizontal position while standing, walking and running.

 

The commission also offered the following tips:

• Never feed a coyote.

• Do not feed cats outdoors.

• Remove bird feeders at night, and remove seeds on the ground immediately.

• Do put food on the ground to feed the birds.

• Cover compost piles.

• Keep garbage in tightly closed containers.

• Do not leave pets outside unattended, especially at night. Walk dogs on leashes.

• Clear brush and dense weeds from areas around dwellings.

• Install motion-activated lights outside.

• If coyotes are in the area, make loud noises, blast a canned air horn, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

• When walking or jogging, carry something to scare away coyotes.

• If you see coyotes during the day that show no fear of humans, or are aggressive, call police.