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Coyote Reportedly Spotted in Briarcliff Manor

The police department offers tips on what to do if you see a coyote in the neighborhood.

While Lieutenant Donald Gorey said coyotes and wolves are not a permanent problem in the village, they can be seen "passing through" from time-to-time.

Schrade Road resident Alex Jelenevsky said he has spotted a coyote multiple times in his yard this month.

"The coyote has been spotted four times in the past week," he wrote in an email to Patch.

He noted recent sightings have been on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.

"The coyote has been passing through my yard and then going in to the protected woods that back up to ," said Jelenevsky.

Gorey said the most important things for residents to remember when they spot coyotes is to "stay away."

"Keep small dogs on a leash or inside," he advised, noting that tinier dogs can be easy prey for coyotes.

In fact, keeping all pets, as well as small children, safely inside when out-of-place wild animals are in the neighborhood is advisable, Gorey said.

If you see a coyote on your property, Gorey said to keep an eye and see if it becomes a more permanent fixture.

If it is around for several days, "Call a trapper," he said.

Have you noticed any coyotoes in the village lately? Where and when? Tell us in the comments.

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charles cetnarowski September 14, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Near the intersection of Chappaqua road and North State road at Blue Lantern, I saw a cayote on several occasions. In one instance the animal was sitting in the middle of the road and did not seem to be startled as I passed in my car. Be alert!
Afsaneh Parandian April 13, 2014 at 05:38 PM
We live on Old Sleepy Hollow Road, near the preserve and we saw one running through our back yard today around 2:30 pm.

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