Watch out for coyotes. A tipster tells us of three coyote pups spotted on Eagle Rock Way in Montclair last night.
Last night at around 9:45 pm, I saw 3 coyote pups darting back and forth across Eagle Rock Way, just south of Llewellyn Rd. I did report it to the DEP and they confirmed from my description that they were in fact coyote pups, not foxes. (Coyote pups are beige and gray with a tail that sticks out straight behind them. Their ears stand up, resembling large cat ears.) The pups were about the height of a medium sized dog but were very skinny with long legs. The person at the DEP has advised me not to let my small dog outside unattended even in our fenced in yard, especially at night. Also, she suggested we keep our property free of anything that might attract small animals or rodents, such as fallen fruit from a tree, dog food or unsecured garbage, as those are all things which will attract a coyote. Last, she recommended the use of mothballs or leaving a radio on as possible deterents, as well as banging on pots and pans if a coyote is actually present.