Coyotes have been a recent news topic as humans have had encounters with coyotes while out enjoying nature as well as directly in their neighborhoods. Coyotes remain active year-round and do not hibernate. Coyotes can be active night or day, and sightings at dawn or dusk are common. As with all types of wildlife, human interaction should always be limited as much as possible. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and know what to do if you come in contact with a wild animal. People should never approach, touch, or give food to any animal. Such contact is not safe for people, pets, or wildlife.
The following information focuses on coyotes but also applies to many other species of wildlife. This information was provided in part by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.