PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding homeowners to be weary of coyotes as the weather gets warmer.
The DEM is urging home owners to not make food easily available for coyotes and other wild animals.
According to the DEM, coyotes may be seen in populated areas in search for food around this time of year. Coyotes may become habituated to human activity and often return to areas where food is abundant and easily found.
DEM is asking the public to take these precautions:
- Do not feed pets outside, or, if you do, take pet food dishes inside at night.
- Store garbage in sheds and garages, away from doors. Double bagging and the use of ammonia will reduce odors that attract wildlife.
- Put garbage for pickup outside the morning of collection, not the night before.
- Keep barbecue grills clean of grease.
- Do not put meat or sweet food scraps in your compost pile.
- Pet owners should avoid keeping cats and small dogs outdoors and unattended, particularly at night.
- Enjoy wildlife from a distance.
The DEM said coyotes can be discouraged from approaching populated areas if residents are assertive and remain visible to the animal.
Any animals that act aggressively or are noticeably sick should be reported to the DEM Division of Law Enforcement at (401) 222-3070 or to a local animal control officer. For more information on coyotes, visit the DEM’s website.