Deer are a common sight in Southborough. So are wild turkeys. We’ve even had a black bear. But this summer, the wildlife everyone seems to be talking about is coyotes.
Reports of coyote sightings have been a fixture in the Southborough police logs since early this spring, and many of you have told me you’ve spotted coyotes in your yards and neighborhoods in recent months.
MassWildlife says on its website that coyotes are well-established in suburban and urban areas of our state, but are by nature afraid of people. “Their presence alone is not a cause for concern,” the site says.
While living in close proximity to coyotes may make some of you uncomfortable, the laws and regulations dictating how and when the animals can be removed are strict. “A coyote may not be removed simply because of its presence in an area, there must be damage or a threat to human safety by a specific animal,” says MassWildlife.
There are things you can do to make your property less attractive to coyote, says the state agency, including securing your garbage, feeding your pets inside, cutting back brush along the edges of your yard, and closing off crawl spaces under porches and sheds where coyote like to rest and even raise their young.
MassWildlife also advises against feeding and trying to pet coyotes (duh). If you see a coyote in your yard, MassWildlife suggests shouting, throwing tennis balls, or spraying it with water to let the coyote know it’s not welcome.
So, what do you think about coyote in Southborough? Have you noticed more this year than in the past? Do they make you uncomfortable? Or with their diet of rodents and other pests, are you glad to have them around? Share your thoughts in the comments.