By Donna Rovan
The Jackson Township Police Department has received numerous calls about coyote sightings in the area. They also received four calls about coyote attacks on pets dating back to March of 2012. The police department is attempting to track all sightings and reminds all residents to report any sightings.
Jackson Township recently sent a newsletter to all residents with a list of facts and tips on reducing attacks in area neighborhoods. The list was put together by acting police chief Ty Bissler.
Coyote attacks have increased throughout the United States, most attacks occur in back yards and not in the coyote's natural area. Pet owners can prevent attacks on their pets by keeping their dogs on a leash in parks, fencing their back yard and supervising pets while they are outside.
Attacks can be reduced or eliminated by keeping pet food indoors, cleaning up your yard, locking up garbage cans and setting up motion activated lights around your house. If you happen to be approached by a coyote, do not run or turn your back on the animal. Wave your arms, yell and make yourself appear big to the animal. Usually they will run off, as they tend to be scared of humans.
As always, keep alert and monitor your yard. If you see a coyote, contact the police department as quickly as possible. For more information or if you have questions about recent sightings, call the police department at 330-834-3960.