Coyote Sightings Putting Residents On Edge In Hackensack, Maywood

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBS 2) — Imagine a coyote greet you at your door, or walking down your street!

That’s what people in two New Jersey towns said they’re seeing on an almost daily basis, and now they’re demanding help, reports CBS 2’s Elise Finch.

Debbie Labrosse has lived in her Hackensack home for 33 years. Like many of her neighbors in Hackensack and nearby Maywood, her backyard is adjacent to the Borg’s Woods nature preserve, which wasn’t a problem until recently – when the local coyote population grew.

“I guess the scariest thing was when I was taking my granddaughter out in the car, I put her in her car seat,” Labrosse said. “I came around the other side, and as I went to start the car, the coyote came right in front of us on the street.”

Neighbors had similar stories.

“The other night, we came home late in the evening, my husband and I, and the coyote walked right up outside our car,” Hackensack resident Kathleen Canestrino said.

Hackensack residents told CBS 2 they suspected a diminishing supply of raccoons and squirrels was forcing coyotes into nearby neighborhoods to look for food. Some residents said they want the coyotes rounded up and relocated.

“Everyone will feel safer if they move them to another area,” Emil Canestrino said.

“Now that they’re coming onto the street and onto people’s property, that’s something different,” Labrosse said. “I thinkt hat the government has an obligation to protect us in those circumstances.”

Others, however, said the coyotes have rights too.

“That’s nature,” said Toni Iacono. “They belong here. Just deal with them.”

“This is their natural habitat, and as long as they don’t bother us, we’re not going to bother them,” Adi Arad said.

Wildlife officials said they only relocate coyotes when they become aggressive, and roaming the streets doesn’t qualify.

Officials in Maywood were encouraging their residents to take precautions and keep asking for help.

“If they have sprinklers, they can turn sprinklers on – it’ll chase them away – or hit them with the hose,” Borough Administrator Thomas Richards said. “Don’t leave food out, and just be cautious.”

“It doesn’t hurt to keep on asking,” Nancy Jengo, Maywood Commissioner of Safety, said. “When enough people are concerned, you do get results.”

Maywood officials said they will be scheduling a public meeting about coyote protection before the end of the month.

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  • Jeannie Hernandez

    Read the facts about these animals before you criticize the experts.Coyotes were not indigenous to the northeast . Since the 1800s there has been continuous attempts to exterminate them. in the American southwest.Unlike their brother Wolves they have managed not only to survive but have increased in numbers. They are highly intelligent canids and very adaptable to every type of habitat.The research suggests that the continued attempts to exterminate them has only managed to create a harder breed.

  • MD

    I think they should be shot with some sort of sleeping dart and taken to a safer habitat. It’s true they have rights, but we have the brains and can think on what’s best for our community it’s how we survive. We just can’t sit and wait to see what happens! That’s when we regret of what could have been done!

  • JMS

    I would imagine small dogs and cats are a primary concern but otherwise i see no harm in having them around. I’d rather deal with a wild coyote eating my garbage than a stray pitbull attacking me or my children.

  • AnimalLova

    They’re coyotes, not grizzy bears! These animals are just as entitled(if not more) to this land as the people who live there. These people know they have a nature preserve in their backyards, what do they expect? I’m glad law enforcement is choosing to let these animals do their thing, they haven’t hurt anybody and shouldn’t be subjected to relocation while many of them are having babies around this time of year. It’s bad enough we have killed so many wolves, bears and cougars because people felt “unsafe,” lets leave these animals alone and concentrate on the real animals: people.

  • deon sanders

    Elise Finch is the weather girl , how pathetic, and Kristine Johnson will do 4 stories of murders and rapes than end with a story about those dreadful bears and coyotes, get your facts straight Kristine, you live with the murderes and rapists, I’ll live with coyotes and bears anyday

  • DP

    Coyotes are very adaptable opportunistic feeders, but tend to have a difficult time in habitats heavily impacted by humans, and humans and their pets have a hard time living with coyotes. Besides behaving in a predatory way with pets, they can also spread canine worms and other parasites. While rare, there are reports of coyote attacks on children. Given the consequences of proximity, it isn’t unreasonable to ask whether it is such a good idea to leave them in our communities.


    hey cbs why dont you stop panicking people with your headlines. you mfers

    • JMS

      I’m not going to panick until i see one with a box marked “ACME Roadrunner Explosives”.

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