There have recently been sightings of coyotes and foxes in certain areas of the town and are the result of other species giving birth. Please consider keeping your cats indoors and do not leave your dogs outside unattended. If you wish to report that a wild animal is wandering near humans and you believe it may be diseased or rabid, contact State Police at 518-583-7000 or the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761 immediately. Police will respond to the incident and will contact the Town’s Animal Control Office, which is on call 24 hours a day.
Below are recommended steps from NYSDEC that residents can take to reduce or prevent conflicts from occurring:
- Do not feed pets outside.
- Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals
- Fence or enclose compost piles so they are not accessible to coyotes.
- Eliminate availability of bird seed. Concentrations of birds and rodents that come to feeders can attract coyotes.
- Do not allow coyotes to approach people or pets.
- Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance.
- Do not allow pets to run free. Supervise all outdoor pets to keep them safe from coyotes and other wildlife, especially at sunset and at night. Small dogs and cats are especially vulnerable to coyotes.
- Remove brush and tall grass from around your home to reduce protective cover for coyotes and foxes. Coyotes and foxes are typically secretive and like areas where they can hide.
- Contact your local police department and NYSDEC regional office for assistance if you notice that coyotes are exhibiting "bold" behaviors and have little or no fear of people. Seeing a coyote occasionally throughout the year is not evidence of bold behavior.
For more information on wild animals, you can call the Department of Environmental Conservation at 518-623‐1200 or 518-897‐1326 and ask for a wildlife specialist. As always, town residents are encouraged to contact Town Hall at 518-371‐6651 with questions.