- PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DOGS MUST BE LICENSED....FINES APPLY FOR NON-LICENSED DOGS -
Helpful Information About Coyotes From Mass.gov
Preventing Conflicts with Eastern Coyotes
Coyotes are currently well established throughout the state from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. They thrive in suburban and urban areas close to people.
Coyotes eat many different foods including small animals, fruits, vegetables, garbage, and pet food. Remember, everything a coyote does is related to a potential meal. Here are a few suggestions to make your property less attractive to coyotes.
Don't Let Coyotes Intimidate You
Don't hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises and bright lights. Don't hesitate to pick up small objects, such as a tennis ball, and throw them at the coyote. If a water hose is close at hand, spray the coyote with water in the face. Let the coyote know it is unwelcome in your area.
Secure Garbage and Receptacles
Coyotes will raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight fitting lids and keep in secure buildings when possible. Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night. Keep compost piles in containers designed to contain but vent the material.
Do Not Feed or Try to Pet Coyotes
Keep wild things wild. Feeding, whether direct or indirect, can cause coyotes to act tame and over time may lead to bold behavior. Coyotes that rely on natural food items remain wild and wary of humans.
Keep Your Pets Safe
Although free-roaming pets are more likely to be killed by automobiles than by wild animals, coyotes do view cats and small dogs as potential food and larger dogs as competition. For the safety of your pets, keep them restrained at all times.
Feed Pets Indoors
Outdoor feeding attracts many wild animals to your door.
Keep Bird Feeding Areas Clean
Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground as the seed attracts many small mammals that coyotes prey upon. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.
Close Off Crawl Spaces Under Porches and Sheds
Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
Cut Back Brushy Areas in Your Yard
These areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
Protect Livestock, Produce, and Gardens
Coyotes will prey upon livestock. Techniques, such as fencing, will protect livestock from predation. Clear fallen fruit from around fruit trees.
Educate Your Neighbors
Pass this information along since your efforts will be futile if neighbors are providing food or shelter for coyotes.
If an immediate threat exists to human life and limb, public safety officials including Animal Control Officers, Police Departments, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police have the authority to respond to and dispatch the animal as stipulated in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 2.14 that pertain to handling problem animals . This includes animals exhibiting clear signs of rabies. If possible, MassWildlife should first be contacted to authorize the lethal taking of a coyote.
Coyotes taking pets are not considered an immediate threat to human safety, therefore Animal Control Officers and municipal Police Departments are not authorized to remove these wild animals.
For additional information on coyotes, please see the link on the left side of this page.
DOGS DO LOVE THE BEACH...
PLEASE NOTE THAT DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE BEACHES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
JUNE 1 - SEPTEMBER 15 ANNUALLY
DOGS* ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED IN ROCKPORT'S CEMETERIES.
(*with the exception of service dogs; service dogs are allowed at all times)
The Animal Control Officer handles reports of dog bites and animal incidents; please call 978-546-9488 to report any incidents.
The Animal Control Officer is appointed by the Selectmen to enforce state and local laws with respect to dogs. The main duties consist of the following:
- Take complaints about nuisance dogs
- Keep dogs out of prohibited areas
- Make sure that fecal deposits are disposed of properly
- Make sure that dog tags are issued to all dogs residing in Rockport
- Pick-up of offending dogs
- Issue Notice of Violation of By-Law
Any dog found to be in violation of the Town's by-law and not under the immediate control of its owner (or any other person) may be picked up by the Animal Control Officer and either returned to the owner or deposited in a dog pound or similar facility. The owner shall be required to pay (in addition to any applicable fine) a pick-up fee of $20.00 and also shall be responsible for all costs of maintaining and keeping the animal at the dog pound or similar facility.
A CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO TOWN
CLERK WHEN REGISTERING DOGS.
ALL DOGS MUST BE LICENSED; IT'S THE LAW.