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Coyotes roaming in broad daylight in Loudonville

August 23, 2017 10:10 PM

LOUDONVILLE – How would you like to see a pair of coyotes strolling up your suburban driveway while you're parked in the car?

That’s what happened to a Loudonville woman. After polling neighbors, lots of other people had coyote stories as well.

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“He stopped and looked at me as I drove by,” Marzie McCoy said of the coyote. ”As I drove by, he turned and he started following me.”

McCoy lives on Joy Drive. She says she's seen coyotes in the morning and in the evening during the past month. She's worried about her dog.

“You just never know, especially in light of what happened to the woman in Kingsbury,” she said. “You cannot predict their behavior.”

McCoy saw the recent story on the woman who barely escaped with her life after a coyote attack in Washington County last week.

James Kopach on Gregory Lane has also seen coyotes during the day.

“It’s unusual because they are more of a nocturnal animal but their habitat is being squeezed by all of the building around here,” Kopach said. “There's nobody hunting them down here so it's a good close cozy place to live.”

NewsChannel 13 asked the DEC about it. Press person Wendy Rosenbach said no one who knew enough about coyotes was in the Capital Region for an interview on Wednesday.

But she offered some tips. She says coyotes are active during the day, and seeing one should be a positive experience. If somebody sees one lingering, she says wave your arms, and throw sticks and stones at it. If that fails, call a Regional DEC office or local police.

Kopach has his own solution.

"There's a hunting season on coyotes," Kopach said. "I think they should lift that hunting season and make it open season all year round."

When shown video of the coyotes in Loudonville, Colonie Animal Control officers said the animals were acting normally.

In addition to the sightings in Washington County and Loudonville, coyotes have also been seen in East Greenbush on Empire Drive.

More information:

DEC: Coyote conflicts

Regional DEC Office Directory

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