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Coyote Spotted On Washington Avenue In Pleasantville

A coyote was spotted in Pleasantville on Monday evening.
A coyote was spotted in Pleasantville on Monday evening. Photo Credit: Eastern Coyote Research

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A coyote was spotted in several different yards along Washington Avenue in Pleasantville on Monday evening, according to Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce member Karen Lehman.

In an e-mail to The Daily Voice , Lehman said she called Pleasantville Police to report seeing a coyote in front of her house walking down Washington Avenue.

The police related to Lehman that several other residents had reported sightings on the street and by the village pool on Lake Street, according to the e-mail.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation experts held a forum in Chappaqua back in May , telling residents that they should get used to coyote sightings and that the animals are "here to stay."

Biologists Kevin Clarke and Frank Vicente said at that meeting that the best way to co-exist with the animals is to "be aggressive" with them.

Vicente said at the meeting that the most effective method to deal with coyotes was “aggressive hazing,” which includes anything from yelling at them, hosing them with water and throwing rocks or sticks at them. In fact Vicente’s favorite approach is to simply chase them off by running directly at them—something he said he takes pride in doing for concerned citizens.

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