Nassau County Coyote

Nassau County SPCA

Officials Warn Of Coyotes In Nassau County

July 24, 2018 - 12:08 pm

SEARINGTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Coyotes have been spotted in Nassau County.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, they are rare on Long Island. But a pair of coyotes was seen in Searingtown, captured on surveillance video walking on Reed and Green drives.

“It is rare. We haven’t really had coyotes seen in this area as long as I can remember,” said the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Gary Rogers.

The concern, Rogers said it small children and pets. He said people should not leave their cats out at night, and should teach their children not to run toward any strange animal.

“When you go out at night for a walk, especially your smaller dog or any dog, you shouldn’t have it on one of these long, retractable, extendable leashes. It should be by your side,” he said. “You know, have something to make noise with, because if you do see it, you need to just walk backwards and get away from it; make a lot of noise.”

Rogers advised a whistle or a bell.

“Just some kind of warning,” he said. “You know, the coyote doesn’t want to confront you. They don’t want to – they’ll try and stay away from you and hide.”