Coyotes taking over East Haven backyards

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A couple of coyotes felt at home in one East Haven neighborhood, but they forced residents to keep their pets and children inside.

Marie Fatone said, “The kids were out at the bus stop and I was like get in the car, get in the car run. ‘Cause it (the coyote) was just frozen it didn’t know which way to go.”
wolf or coyote“My wife is freaking out. She doesn’t even want to walk outside, “said Bob Candela. He continued, “We watched them they were both together one of them was limping,”
Neighbors said they saw it Saturday and on Sunday, they noticed one was injured and they called East Haven’s Animal Control.  Officers said they were concerned the injury would make the animal agitated and aggressive so they shot it killing it immediately.
Candela said, “I’m in my living room watching TV and I just hear three gunshots.”
As a rule animal experts say coyotes don’t lash out at people.
“Coyotes are looking for small easy prey mice chipmunk squirrels,” said Humane Society’s Urban Wildlife expert, Laura Simon.  She said if you come close with a coyote don’t run in the opposite direction.
Simon said, “Make yourself big, yell, scream shake your hands, yell and run at the coyote and make them run off.”
She said to make sure to keep your small pets and their food inside.
“(Coyotes) may take a teeny dog or an occasional cat, but that’s not the bulk of their diet,” said Simon.



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