When coyotes lose their natural fear of humans, a dangerous situation is at hand, Rye Police Commissioner William Connors said.
"In suburbia, life becomes easier for them," he said.
With garbage, pet food, bird seed and perhaps even people who feed them, coyotes can regularly come into contact with people and lose their fear.
Police offer the following tips:
1. If you encounter a coyote, be aggressive. Loud noises and forceful behavior will normally scare the animal away. Wave your arms and throw sticks or stones.
2. Do not feed coyotes.
3. Do not provide food sources that may attract them, such as outdoor pet food or bird seed. They may be attracted by the birds and rodents drawn to bird feeders.
4. Make garbage inaccessible.
5. Do not allow pets to run free. Coyotes can see cats or small dogs as prey. Conflicts are most frequent in March and April, when coyotes are establishing their dens
6. Small children should be supervised by an adult while outdoors.
7. Call the City of Rye Police Department at 914-967-1234 or dial 911 to report any coyote sightings.
Mary Gillick, a naturalist at the Rye Nature Center, had three more tips.
"Do not run, do not threaten it and do not corner it," she said.