Reports of Coyote Sightings in Oneida County

News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — According to New York State’s Department of Conservation, coyote mating season runs from January to march. This year, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve had a lot calls about coyote sightings, leaving many residents concerned about their safety.

“Our 911 center and then obviously law enforcement and myself specifically, we receive these calls on a daily basis. You know give or take the day.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Maciol says coyotes typically aren’t aggressive towards people, but it best to follow some safety tips just in case.

“Don’t leave garbage out, make sure your young animals or small animals are always observed or at least supervised. If not, make sure the fencing is really good and at the same time don’t have dog food dishes out. Depending on where you live you certainly wouldn’t want to have low hanging bird feeders because that may draw other kinds of unwanted wildlife.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Maciol says these safety tips aren’t meant to scare the public, but to inform them on how to prevent conflicts with wildlife.

“We just want to educate people. So, again just some common sense tips that’s all.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

If you see any wild animals acting strange, or if they’ve harmed someone, please call law enforcement.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.