VILLAGE OF RYE BROOK
Coyote Trapping to Begin on December 17, 2012
Release Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Village of Rye Brook will resume its coyote trapping program beginning on December 17 and will continue this program for approximately seven (7) weeks. The Village has again employed a licensed trapper for this service. Traps will be placed on public property in Rich Manor Park, the detention basin area between Edgewood Drive and Bluebird Hollow, and the wooded area surrounding Rye Hills Park. The Village will continue to monitor all sightings and residents are encouraged to call the Rye Brook Police Department at (914) 937-1020 to report sightings.
Coyote Trapping season ended February 15, 2012:
Release Date: February 28, 2012
The current NYS coyote trapping season ended on February 15, 2012. The Village will continue to monitor all sightings and residents are encouraged to call the Rye Brook Police Department at (914) 937-1020 to report sightings.
Coyote Trapping to Resume on November 1, 2011:
Release Date: October 28, 2011
The Village of Rye Brook will resume the coyote trapping program beginning on November 1st. The Village has again employed a licensed trapper for this service. Traps will be placed on public property in Rich Manor Park, the detention basin area between Edgewood Drive and Bluebird Hollow, and the wooded area surrounding Rye Hills Park.
Coyote Trapping season ended February 15, 2011:
Release Date: February 18, 2011
The current NYS coyote trapping season ended on February 15, 2011. The NYSDEC did not renew the special trapping permit to continue trapping beyond that date. The Village will continue to monitor all sightings and residents are encouraged to call the Rye Brook Police Department at (914) 937-1020 to report sightings.
Coyote Trapping to continue until February 15, 2011:
Release Date: December 16, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook has decided to extend coyote trapping through February 15, 2011 when the current NYS trapping season ends. At that time, a special NYSDEC trapping permit would be required. The last time the village requested a special trapping permit, the NYSDEC denied this request. A special trapping permit is not needed from October 25 to February 15. All trapping services on public properties are performed by a licensed trapper.
Village's Licensed Trapper Caught Coyote in Detention Basin
Release Date: November 12, 2010
The Village's Licensed Trapper has caught an approximately 30lbs one-year old male juvenile coyote in the Edgewood Drive/ Blue Bird Hollow Detention Basin. Efforts are currently being made to try and relocate the coyote.
Coyote Trapping to Resume through December 2010:
Release Date: October 29, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook will resume coyote trapping on November 1 and continue through the end of the December. The village’s trapping permit from the NYSDEC expired on September 30, 2010. Despite a request from the village, the NYSDEC did not approve a renewal of this permit. The regular trapping season runs from October 25 through February 15, during which time a permit is not required. As a result, the Village has decided to continue the services of its licensed trapper until the end of the calendar year, at which time the trapping services and Coyote Hazing Program will be reevaluated. Traps will be placed on public property in Rich Manor Park, the detention basin area between Edgewood Drive and Bluebird Hollow, and the wooded area surrounding Rye Hills Park.
Coyote Trapping Permit Extension Denied
Release Date: October 1, 2010
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has denied the request by the Village of Rye Brook to extend the trapping permit previously granted to the village. The City of Rye has also been denied this extension. Trapping is not permitted without a permit outside the designated season of October 25 thru February 15. The village's trapping program will be reevaluated at that time.
Coyote Killed Monday Tests Positive for Rabies
Release Date: September 8, 2010
The Westchester County Department of Health notified the Village of Rye Brook Police Chief today that the coyote shot and killed in Rye Brook on Monday, September 6 tested positive for rabies. This could explain the unusually aggressive behavior demonstrated by this particular coyote.
Rye Brook residents are urged to contact the Police Department at (914) 937-1020 should they observe any coyotes, or if they see any other wildlife exhibiting erratic or lethargic behavior. Any physical contact with these wild animals should also be reported to the Police Department.
Additional information about Rabies and prevention can be found by calling the Westchester County Department of Health Rabies Hotline at 914-813-5010.
According to the Westchester County Department of Health web site: "Rabies is an acute viral infection of the central nervous system that affects mammals. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal and results in a terminal infection with a clinical period of 3-7 days, after a typical incubation period of 2 weeks to 3 months. A rabid animal can only transmit the disease through the saliva during the terminal clinical period and for as many as 5 days prior to showing signs of the disease. Rabies in most animals is characterized by changes of behavior (including aggressiveness or unusual friendliness) and paralysis, especially of the hindquarters and throat. Although rabies is primarily transmitted by bite there is some risk of infection should saliva or nervous tissue from a rabid animal get into an open wound or onto mucous membranes. In the United States, the primary maintenance hosts for rabies continue to be foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats. These species of animals continue to be infected year after year transmitting infection by bite within the species and frequently to other species." (Source: New York State Department of Health)
If you or a pet has had contact with a wild animal, call the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000.
On September 6, 2010 at approximately 8:20 am in the wooded area behind 257 North Ridge Street, a Rye Brook Police officer located a coyote which he attempted to capture so it could be removed from the village. The coyote displayed aggressive behavior and charged the officer when he shot and killed the coyote with his duty weapon to protect himself.
While we cannot be entirely sure that the euthanized coyote is the same coyote that displayed aggressive behavior toward three people on September 5, 2010, this coyote displayed the same characteristics, was similar in size and was located in the same area as the first incident on Eagles Bluff. The coyote will be brought for testing to the Westchester County Department of Health by the village trapper.
The Rye Brook Police will continue with extra patrol of the area and the village will be continuing its coyote hazing program including trapping. The Village of Rye Brook wants to remind people to not attract wildlife on to their property by leaving pet food or trash outside and small children and pets should not be outside unattended.
Police Respond to Incidents of Agressive Coyote Behavior
Release Date: September 5, 2010
Release Date: February 18, 2011
The NYS Coyote Trapping season ended on February 15, 2011. The NYSDEC has not renewed the special trapping permit for the Village of Rye Brook to continue trapping. The Village will still be monitoring coyote sightings and residents are encouraged to call the Rye Brook Police Department at (914) 937-1020 with any sighting.
Coyote Trapping to Continue until February 15, 2011:
September 5, 2010 there were two incidents of aggressive coyote behavior in the Village of Rye Brook. The first incident occurred at 6:50 pm on Eagles Bluff where coyote lunged toward a 14 year old male while playing with other children. The 14 year old was able to scare off the coyote by striking it in the face and the coyote ran off into the woods behind the location. The 14 year old was not injured but did have marks where the coyote made contact with the teen. The second incident occurred approximately an hour later on Hillandale Rd where a coyote lunged at a 2 year old while playing in the driveway with her 28 year old father. The father was able to scare off the coyote but not before the coyote bit him on the back of the leg. Both father and child sought medical treatment at Greenwich Hospital. The father’s injury was superficial and the 2 year old was not injured, but had marks where the coyote made contact with her. The Rye Brook Police and Village Trapper responded that evening to both areas and are working together to locate and remove the coyote from Rye Brook. The Village of Rye Brook wants to remind people to not attract wildlife on to their property by leaving pet food or trash outside and small children and pets should not be outside unattended. The Village of Rye Brook has developed a comprehensive hazing program which includes trapping. In light of these incidents the village will continue with the initial trapping program which began on August 6, 2010. Any coyote sightings in Rye Brook should be reported to the Rye Brook Police at 914-937-1020. (Revised September 7, 2010)
Coyote Caught in Rich Manor Park
Release Date: September 3, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook’s licensed trapper reported today that on August 31 a young coyote was caught in a collarum trap in Rich Manor Park. The coyote had a severe case of mange and was euthanized. Although the village would prefer relocation whenever possible, this particular coyote had advanced stages of mange and had to be euthanized rather than relocated. Sarcoptic mange is caused by small mites that burrow into the skin and causes severe irritation, loss of fur, and infection. The current trapping period started on August 6 and will end on September 10 at which time the program will be reviewed.
This is the third coyote removed from Rye Brook in recent weeks. Previously, one coyote was caught with a catch pole near Ridge Street, and another was struck and killed by a vehicle on King Street. All three had advanced stages of mange and were removed by the village’s trapper.
Graph of Coyote Sightings
Release date: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Revised date: Monday, September 13, 2010
Revised date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Revised date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Revised date: Monday, November 22, 2010
View the graph of the coyote sightings. (through November 19, 2010)
Coyote Struck by Vehicle on King Street
Release date: Monday, August 30, 2010
A young coyote with mange was struck and killed by a passing vehicle on Saturday, August 28. The coyote was struck on King Street in the vicinity of the King Street Nursing Home. The village’s licensed trapper arrived on-site and disposed of the coyote.
Coyote Traps being placed in Crawford Park:
As a result of a request received from the Town of Rye, additional coyote trap(s) will be placed in Crawford Park under the Village of Rye Brook’s trapping program. The Village’s licensed trapper will be placing these traps for the balance of the current four (4) week trapping period. These trapping activities are part of the Village’s comprehensive Coyote Hazing Program.
Coyote Caught Near Ridge Street:
Release Date: Monday, August 16
The Village of Rye Brook’s licensed trapper reports that on Sunday, August 15, a young coyote was caught in Rye Brook in the Ridge Street area south of Betsy Brown Road. The trapper caught the coyote using a catch-pole following a telephone call from a concerned resident. Although the village would prefer relocation whenever possible, this particular coyote had advanced stages of mange and had to be euthanized rather than relocated. Sarcoptic mange is caused by small mites that burrow into the skin and causes severe irritation, loss of fur, and infection. This particular coyote had little fur left on its body and was acting lethargic.
The Village of Rye Brook will continue with its four-week trapping program that started on August 5. This trapping is part of the village’s comprehensive Coyote Hazing Program.
Coyote trapping to begin on Friday, August 6:
Release Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook will begin coyote trapping on Friday, August 6th. The village's licensed trapper will be placing up to twelve (12) coyote traps on village-owned property in Rich Manor Park, the new detention basin area between Edgewood Drive and Bluebird Hollow, and the wooded area surrounding Rye Hills Park. The trap locations in these areas will be selected by the trapper and they will remain in place for a four (4) week period as part of the village's comprehensive coyote hazing program.
The purpose of the hazing program is to make every attempt to keep in place the coyote's natural fear of people and to periodically reduce the coyote population. Once the initial trapping period is completed, its impact will be reevaluated.
Residents are urged to stay away from these areas (identified with signage) during this initial four (4) week period. Pets should also be kept inside or on leashes in these areas to avoid the potential of them getting caught in the traps.
Village of Rye Brook Press Release – Coyote Hazing Program
Release Date: July 27, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook is implementing a comprehensive Coyote Hazing Program in order to keep in place the coyote’s natural fear of people and to periodically reduce the coyote population. The Village’s goal is to make every effort possible to maintain a safe environment for residents.
This comprehensive Coyote Hazing Program will combine the following for the most effective method to control the coyote population:
· Public education;
· Track sightings and interactions;
· Trapping in specific locations and durations;
· Working with various agencies and stakeholders on a long term regional plan
The Village of Rye Brook is committed to the safety of our residents. It is understood that is not possible to eradicate all coyotes from Rye Brook. Instead, the Village must learn to adapt to having coyotes in this area.
Release Date: July 21, 2010
The Village of Rye Brook is aware and is monitoring the recent aggressive behavior of coyotes in the City of Rye. Rye Brook officials have been in communication with the City of Rye administration and its police department. The village has also reached out to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and a local trapper to determine the best course of action for the Village of Rye Brook. The Rye Brook police has been monitoring and tracking all reported coyote sightings and their behaviors within the village since early January. To date, in Rye Brook there has been no reported aggressive behavior exhibited by coyotes toward people or pets.
The village is urging the public to report to the police department any coyote sightings in the village noting the location and time of day a coyote is seen, whether or not the coyote stood its ground, went toward, or followed people or pets and if the coyote exhibited any aggressive behavior toward people or pets. Rye Brook police can be reached at (914) 937-1020 or if it is an emergency call 911. In the event there is a change in coyote behavior additional action will be taken to ensure the safety of the village residents.
To prevent attracting coyotes and other animals onto your property, please remember to not leave children or small pets outside unattended, remove any food sources, and seal trash containers.
The village has additional information on coyote characteristics and behaviors on its website, www.ryebrook.org and will add additional information and updates as it becomes available.
Very truly yours,
Joan L. Feinstein
The Rye Brook Police Department is mapping locations of all coyote sightings to track any changes in coyote locations and behaviors.
Please note some locations on map overlap, please view police blotter for complete listing of reported sightings.
Police Blotter - Coyote Sightings - Jan. 29, 2010 thru November 19, 2010
Map of Agressive and Caught Coyotes: August 22 thru September 4, 2010
NYSDEC Info: Coyote Conflicts
NYSDEC Info: Avoiding Coyote Conflicts
Prevention Fact Sheet
Humane Society - Coyote Hazing Guidelines
Humane Society - Preventing Coyote Conflicts
Coyote Response Poster
Think you saw a coyote?
If you saw a coyote please contact the Village of Rye Brook Police Department at (914) 937-1020. In case of an emergency dial 911. If you would like more information on coyotes in New York state please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.