BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Coyote sightings in Maine have increased in recent weeks, particularly in Biddeford.
The Department of Inland Wildlife and Fisheries has been fielding calls from residents saying that they're seeing coyotes too often and want something to be done about it.
The city of Biddeford held a public forum Thursday with Coyote Conservation Biologist, Geri Vistein. She says there is a reason the coyote in Biddeford are comfortable.
"One person in a community that is feeding coyote is causing serious danger to other members of the community, and that is something that we really need to attend to," says Vistein. "And as a biologist I feel from a behavior of these coyotes, this particularly family, someone is feeding them intentionally."
According to Vistein, Coyote prey on rodents. Those rodents are attracted to bird feeders and open trash bins. Vistein says the key to pushing coyote back into the wild is to scare them.
"You might hit pots and pans. Another person has a tin can filled with marbles and rattles it. Another person has a hose and gets the water on them. Another person throws sticks in their direction. Never ever try to hurt them, that's dangerous. You throw it in their direction, sticks or stones," says Vistein. "They get scared of that."
Wildlife Biologist, Scott Lindsay, recommends only calling police when a coyote is suspected to be sick and doesn't respond to those actions.