MARCY, N.Y. -- The town of Marcy is warning residents on their Facebook page of rampant coyote sightings in the town, saying that two dogs have been killed. Town Supervisor Brian Scala, says one was killed near upper Glass Factory Road; the other, near Morgan Road.
"I've seen them come up the driveway, I've seen them up here in the fields walking," says Marcy resident, Judi Shaler. "They're very vocal, they go between a lot of yips to the actual howling. Like I said before, it's kind of a surreal sound to me. It's kind of eerie."
Officials with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation say it's not uncommon for coyotes to venture out of the wild and into inhabited areas, especially when people put out food for birds and other animals.
"When there is so much food like that, the actual coyote per square mile could actually be more in an urban area vs a heavily forested rural area because there's not too much for them to eat out there and in a suburban area, there's a lot for a coyote to eat. A lot of small mammals, stuff like that," says DEC Wildlife Biologist Tim Pyszczynski.
DEC and town of Marcy officials remind residents not to let dogs outside unaccompanied, to use a short leash and stay with dogs when they're outside, and to use caution when putting out food for birds and other animals, because it attracts small animals, which attract coyotes. DEC officials say if you see a coyote and can't retreat indoors, make a lot of noise. They say they're timid animals, and would run away.