02 May, 2016

Coyotes of New Jersey

Coyotes are all over New Jersey. These beautiful animals roam through the Pine Barrens and though the woods and countryside all over the state Any where there are woods, there are coyotes.
Don't think that woods near you are not inhabited by them.
I have seen many of them in Jackson NJ.

They are  predators and can bring down a deer. A pack will stand their ground and attack if you are in their way and they view you as a threat.
Some of the Coyotes found in north Jersey have been rabid.
While they usually eat rabbits, rodents and other varmints, they can bring down a deer and will attack  dogs or cats as well.

Keep garbage lids tightly shut and keep small pets indoors unless supervised.
Watch kids and keep them out of the woods. Stay on paths and well traveled human trails.
If you like to hike in the woods invest in pepper spray made especially to repel animals.
Coyote pups are  adorable but stay away if you see one. Mama will not be pleased.
If you meet one:
  • Be as big and loud as possible. Do not run or turn your back.
  • Wave your arms, clap your hands, and shout in an authoritative voice.
  • Make noise by banging pots and pans or using an air horn or whistle.
  • Throw small stones, sticks, tennis balls or anything else you can lay your hands on. Remember the intent is to scare and not to injure.
How hard do they bite?
A German Shepherd has a 328 lb bite. That's pretty significant. A cat is 58 and a coyote is 88.
Rottweilers by the way are over 328 lbs of bite.
But 88 lbs will do you a lot of painful harm.
They weigh  anywhere from a small 25 lbs to a large 55 lbs.

As people move more and more into animal domain, they must alert kids to the danger and teach them to recognize them.
There aren't supposed to be bear in Ocean county but I have seen them.
Some have seen footprints of large predator cats in Forked River, NJ.
Wildlife is all around and we need to learn about it to keep us and them safe.

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