More coyotes seen in Rockland County

There have been more coyote sightings in Rockland County. Resident Jeff Baum took a video of a healthy coyote behind his Orangeburg home just north

There have been more coyote sightings in Rockland County.

There have been more coyote sightings in Rockland County. (11/3/15)

ORANGEBURG - There have been more coyote sightings in Rockland County.

Resident Jeff Baum took a video of a healthy coyote behind his Orangeburg home just north of Orangeburg Road.

Baum says he kept his distance while taking the video, staying inside his house. Biologists say human attacks from coyotes are rare, but it still pays to be careful.

Bob Fairclough, Baum's next-door neighbor, saw the video of the coyote which also stopped in his yard after having a squirrel for lunch.

"It was, I think, even attracted by the bird feeder and stuff like that and then it scooted through the fence, into my yard," Fairclough says. "But I wasn't home at that time."

According to state biologists, coyotes are not new to New York. They have been seen in the state since at least the 1920s.

This past summer, some coyotes became regulars at the Broadacres Golf Club. According to the club's groundskeeper, Matt Corbridge, they haven't presented any problems and have actually helped.

"There's a lot less geese which is nice, especially this time of year when they start showing up and leaving droppings everywhere," Corbridge says.

Fairclough says the presence of coyotes has helped him as well.

"Since they're here, maybe the deer are staying away," he says. "They were eating up my backyard last year. Not one deer this year."

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