Police in Massachusetts are warning residents and pet owners to beware of coyotes because February is mating season.

In Massachusetts, coyotes breed in February,

The next four weeks will be the main mating season before coyotes start to excavate their dens in March. In April, after a 60-day gestation period, the female coyote typically gives birth to four to seven pups.

Police are warning, Coyotes will be most active from just before sunset until shortly after sunrise. At times, the animals will be out during daylight hours in search of a food source.

The Mass Wildlife department wrote.

You really don't want to leave pets outside unattended, especially during hours of darkness. You put your pet on a leash and accompany them outside.  Berkshire County residents should take in all outdoor food sources, including birdseed, to avoid attracting wildlife.

Coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. They will jump over fences and barriers when searching for food.

Residents should also securely seal their garbage and regularly clean trash containers to reduce residual odors.

Anyone who encounters a coyote is advised to make loud noises, wave their arms, and keep a safe distance

Don't feed or try To pet coyotes: Keep wild things wild! Feeding, whether direct or indirect, can cause coyotes to act tame and may lead to bold behavior. Coyotes that rely on natural foods remain wild and wary of humans.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH COYOTES OR HAVE QUESTIONS, VISIT MASS.GOV/MASSWILDLIFE OR CONTACT YOUR NEAREST MASSWILDLIFE OFFICE: Here in the Berkshires the contact number is Western Wildlife District, Dalton: (413) 684-1646