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Coyote Season is here |

By By Ben Rayner • 04/06/2022 08:56 am EST

Officials with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) want to educate coastal residents about coyote behavior and activity, which has increased and will increase next month. According to the agency, while the end of March typically marks the end of eastern coyote mating season, the season can often extend into April, increasing the odds of coyote-human interaction.

Recently, the Guilford Police Department’s Facebook page posted footage captured with a police vehicle’s dash cam of an extremely large coyote on Colonial Road in the Sachem’s Head area of ​​the city. There were also reports last week on social media of a large coyote, possibly the same one, caught on police camera along Route 146 much closer to downtown.

DEEP officials could not confirm that they have documented an increase in the number of coyote reports along the coast this season, as the data has yet to be quantified, but they did confirm that coyote mating seasons fluctuate. , and there is some anecdotal evidence with an apparent increase in sightings and dead coyotes along area highways this year.

Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, according to DEEP, and coyotes pose a constant risk to dogs and other small pets year-round. The agency recommends a number of actions residents can take to keep their pets and people safe by decreasing the chance of encounters.

DEEP Tips to Prevent Conflicts with Coyotes

• Don’t let pets run free. Keep cats indoors, especially at night, and dogs on a leash or under supervision at all times. (Cats can be taken by predatory birds such as hawks and especially owls. Cats also have a devastating effect on wildlife.)

• Installing a coyote-proof kennel or fence is a long-term solution to protecting pets. An invisible electric fence is not effective in protecting dogs from coyote attacks.

• Never feed coyotes. Do not place food for any mammal. Clean birdseed under feeders, pet food, and fallen fruit. Secure garbage and compost in animal-proof containers.

• Always walk dogs on a leash. If you are approached by a coyote while walking your dog, keep it under control and leave the area calmly. Don’t run or turn your back. Coyotes are territorial and many reports of bold coyotes visiting yards, howling or threatening larger dogs can be attributed to this territorial behavior.

• Try to scare coyotes away by making loud noises (eg, yelling, air horns) and acting aggressively (eg, waving arms, throwing sticks, spraying with a hose).

• Be aware of any coyote behaving abnormally or displaying unusually bold behavior (eg, approaching people for food, attacking leashed pets with their owners, stalking children , chasing runners or bicyclists, etc.) and report these incidents to the authorities immediately. Report any coyote displaying behavior indicative of rabies, such as staggering, convulsions, or extreme lethargy. Immediately too.

• Coyote activity during the day is not uncommon; it is not necessarily indicative of rabies.

• Prevent coyotes from staying near homes and yards with pets and children. Identify potential burrow sites in March, when trail snow can more easily reveal natural burrows, crevices in rocks, hollow tree trunk cavities, and crawl spaces under sheds or even covers, especially on unoccupied structures. Such burrows must be inspected and any animals evicted before the burrow is opened in April. Dens should be filled in or collapsed and those suspected to be under buildings, porches and sheds should be excluded by animal protection against any access.

• DEEP does not eliminate problem coyotes, but may grant landowners or municipalities a permit to employ a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator who is qualified in advanced trapping to target coyotes that have attacked to supervised pets or confined farm animals that are ill or have threatened public health and safety.

Contact the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 for more information on coyotes or other wildlife issues.

DEEP Coyote Facts

• It is a myth that coyotes only vocalize after a kill. Although they can and do vocalize after a kill, coyotes use a variety of vocalizations to communicate with each other. High-pitched howls, howls, and screams are the best known, but they also bark, growl, whimper, and screech. Family groups shouting in unison can create the illusion of a dozen or more performing together. Coyotes are most often heard at dawn and dusk. However, they can vocalize at any time of day and can respond to sirens and fire whistles.

• Coyotes are not native to Connecticut, but have extended their range eastward over the past 100 years from the western plains and midwestern United States, through Canada, and into the northeastern and Atlantic states. means, medium. Coyotes were first reported in Connecticut in the mid-1950s.

• Eastern coyotes are generally larger than their western counterparts. Recent genetic research has attributed the eastern coyote’s larger size to interbreeding with Canadian gray wolves.

• Coyotes are biologically capable of breeding with domestic dogs, although due to various barriers, they rarely do.

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