DEM warns public to avoid coyotes by cutting off potential food supply
It’s that time of year when coyotes venture into residential areas in search of food.
As coyotes could become bold and pose risks to small pets and humans, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) sent out a guideline Monday that could decrease the chances of interacting with the opportunistic eater.
The DEM says that by cutting off potential food sources, like easily-accessible garbage, pet food, or bird feeders, coyotes will move on to a different area.
The wild canine could become embolden or aggressive towards humans warned the DEM release.
Recently, a Worcester County man had to fight off a coyote while he tended to his chickens.
Coyotes can feed off of small mammals like house cats and small dogs, so the DEM advises against keeping those types of pets outdoors and unattended.
DEM is asking the public to report any aggressive or noticeably sick coyotes to 401-222-3070.