More Coyotes Reported in the Suburbs
People notice the coyotes are becoming less fearful of humans
Suburban residents are reporting more and more coyote sightings and some people are noticing the animals are becoming less fearful of humans. An ESF assistant professor, Dr. Jacqueline Frair, in an interview with 9WSYR reporter Kelly Quinn, said some coyotes don't fear people anymore as they become more familiar with humans and their surroundings. Also, a recent sighting behind Shoppingtown mall in DeWitt means the coyotes are probably eating out of the nearby dumpsters.
Allen Sustaire was walking his dog one evening in that area and believes he spotted three coyotes. He said they crouched down and started toward him and his dog.
Dr. Frair said the animals might have approached because of food. She said, "They tend to be territorial around food sources or they may have been interested in the man's dog."
If you see a coyote behaving aggressively, Dr. Frair said, start yelling at the coyote and chase it. She also suggests that when walking at dawn or dusk, it's a good idea to carry a walking stick, a noisemaker or pepper spray.
- ‘Jet’ Lewis Builds Busy Life as ESF Sophomore
- Tigers Could Roam Again in Central Asia, Scientists Say
- ESF Chemistry Professor Appointed VP for Research
- ESF Alumnus Wins Award for Sustainable Dog Treats
- Dedication to Environment Brings Student to ESF from Mexico
- ESF December Graduates Join Alumni Ranks
- AASHE Recognizes ESF for Sustainability Innovations
- ESF Celebrates December Commencement
- Teamwork Gets Soccer Players Volunteering for Food Recovery
- 9 Reasons Why ESF Students Love Centennial Hall
- 18 ESF Student-athletes Earn Fall Honors
- Mighty Oaks Women Fall in National Soccer Tournament Final
- Malmsheimer Receives Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
- ESF Hosts Symposium on Divestment and ‘Just Transition’
- XC Men Repeat as Conference Champs; Women 2nd
Office of Communications
122 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210