Coyotes spotted more frequently in Conn. neighborhoods

WATERFORD, Conn (WTNH) — People in Connecticut are reportedly beginning to see coyotes more frequently in nearby wooded areas.

This Waterford Patch Facebook page shows two of what a lot of people in town have been seeing lately – coyotes.

Greg Simones saw a coyote on Saturday morning that crossed through the backyard of his parents’ home on Longview Avenue in Waterford. He said he has never seen anything like it before.

“Kind of looked like a mangy dog at first and I thought better about it and I said oh that’s really a coyote,” he recalled.

Greg is quickly learning that he is not alone. Coyotes and other wildlife are making their way into neighborhoods that border untouched, wooded areas.

“I did see a coyote over on Cross Road. One day while driving, yeah, but I haven’t seen one in the neighborhood,” said Juanita Durham of Waterford.

“They sound just like barking dogs but a little bit higher shrill. But, it’s just like a dog but you only really hear them right at dusk and at dawn,” said Rick Durham of Waterford.

The Durhams walk their dogs daily.

“Everybody in the neighborhood seems to be walking dogs, so we just hope we don’t see any,” said Juanita.

When Greg was asked if he had any concerns about Waterford’s coyote population, he replied “… well I have a cat.”

A Facebook picture was taken from the next town over in East Lyme. The animal control officer for both towns is issuing coyote safety tips. He says never feed coyotes and while they usually don’t attack people says if you’re going to walk your pets walk them on a leash.

 

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