Good evening Morrisville! We have been receiving questions about..... COYOTES and what to do if you see one. Here are a few tidbits of information to help you better coexist with them:
*Coyotes can weigh between 30-50lbs and look like a cross between a wolf, fox, and a dog. They are very smart and, like most animals, have a strong sense of smell, hearing, and sight.
*Coyotes are generally solitary creatures that can be seen at anytime day or night. They eat meat and vegetation.
*February and March are mating season! So there may be more Coyotes seen than normal.
*Coyotes have been known to carry off small pets and farm animals.
Are there Coyotes in Morrisville? Yes. Why? Because, before construction, there were large wooded areas. The development has pushed Coyotes out of their element and they are adapting to sharing their space with us.
What do you do if you see a Coyote? Give it space! Do not approach a Coyote. If you keep walking, so will the Coyote.
There is no need to contact 911, Wildlife, or Animal Control unless there is an active threat of aggression/active attack or if the Coyote appears to be rabid or acting abnormally.
Please, Please, DO NOT feed them! They are more capable of surviving outside than we are. Feeding them will draw more Coyotes to your home and lead to an attack.
So, if you happen to see a Coyote, remember to..
Stay Calm, Keep Walking, and Please.. no selfies!