Even though it doesn't much feel like it, spring is here in the Hudson Valley.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, the Department of Environmental Conservation is warning New Yorkers about Coyotes.

On Facebook, the DEC reports that we are currently in the middle of the coyote pupping season. According to them, coyotes will be very "active during this time and more likely to be seen during the day while in search of food to feed their pups."

The DEC also adds that coyote will be very territorial at this time, which could cause more contact with humans. To avoid any kind of potentially dangerous human-coyote contacts the DEC recommends the following:

  • Don't fee coyotes. Feed your pets inside and make sure garbage/compost piles/bird feeders are removed from your yard.
  • Watch your pets and children when they are outside.
  • Be aware of areas where you've seen coyote pups or dens.
  • If for some reason you do encounter a coyote the DEC says to make yourself big and loud. "Yell, wave your hands, bang pots and pans or blow an airhorn."

For more information on coyotes and how to report them, visit the DEC's website.