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Clarkstown residents told to watch out for large “coywolf” wandering in backyards; some residents don’t believe “coywolves” are in the area

 

Clarkstown Police are warning residents to stay away from a large hybrid coyote that’s been wandering around homes, rural woods and businesses in Congers.

WCBS says the animal in wondering Rockland County is part coyote and part wolf — known as a “coywolf.”

Police are cautioning residents to stay away from a large hybrid coyote that’s been wandering around a New York City suburb.

WCBS says the animal in Rockland County is part coyote and part wolf — known as a “coywolf.”

Some residents in the area have disputed the report, declaring there has been no proof of coyotes and wolves mating in the area by the DEC, and they believe the report to be erroneous.

“Coywolves” are larger than most coyotes – up to 75 pounds, whereas coyotes are only 20-50 pounds. They have more gray and brown coloring in their coats.

Experts say people who encounter a coywolf should make a lot of noise and wave their arms to make themselves seem bigger and scare off the predator. Suggestions to chase the coywolves away include making noise, such as banging pots and pans, to deter coywolves from their properties.

Police have suggested residents not to feed any animals in their yards, including their own.

Residents are also being told to keep their dogs on leashes and cats indoors.

Clarkstown police say they would summon a licensed trapper or even shoot the animal if it were to act aggressively.

Otherwise, its a new neighbor that spends most time in the woods.

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