Josh RultenbergJan 9, 2018, 1:54 pm

Coyote sightings prompt educational seminars in Rockland County

Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann says coyotes have been in the area for thousands of years

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NEW CITY — Multiple coyote sightings in Rockland County prompted the Town of Clarkstown to hold an awareness seminar led by the Wild Dog Foundation.

Just over a month ago, Nyack plumber Sean McCormack, while on the job, saw a coyote on Midland Avenue in Nyack. McCormack watched as the animal stalked a woman taking her trash out, then he scared it off.

"I jumped out the car, made some noise, and startled it,” says McCormack. Something police say is exactly what someone is supposed to do if they see a coyote.

Clarkstown police officer Pete Walker says two preventative measures a person can take is making sure their trash doesn't go out before it has to and to be aware of their surroundings, especially at night.

"If you're going to go out and walk your pet or whatever, just take an extra second, make sure there's not a predator lurking about. If you do have a small animal and you do put them in your backyard, maybe a fenced-in yard, if the fence is not that high these coyotes can absolutely jump over that fence," says Walker.

Hoehmann says people should not be overly concerned because coyotes have been in the area for thousands of years.

The seminar will be held on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Clarkstown town hall.

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