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Pack of Coyotes on the Prowl in Middlebury

Police say they are venturing close to houses in search of food, and that at least one small dog has been attacked.

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At least one small dog has been attacked by a pack of coyotes that are roaming in town, Middlebury Police said Friday.

The coyotes have been seen in the Joy Road area down to Regan Road, and just south of Whittemore Road, and animal control has been fielding calls from residents who are reporting the sightings.

Police said the small dog was attacked while loose in the Whittemore Road area.

"The coyotes seemed to be around houses more in search of food because of the deep snow cover," Acting Police Chief Richard Wildman said. "If you see coyotes acting abnormally or having bold behavior around people please call the Middlebury Police immediately."

Wildman said the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has an excellent online bulletin, "Living with Coyotes."

allie March 08, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Denise, sorry to hear about the issues you have. Strange that they are around Bunker Hill but I believe you. @Pam- I do not like killing wild animals but if your pet (never mind a child!) is in danger, I for one will do whatever it takes! I too have seen a mountain lion here in Middlebury. Deep keeps insisting they are not in Ct. Keep telling people that until someday a child is attacked! I have coyotes living in the woods back behind my house. My neighbor was attacked TWICE by a three legge coyote and no one listened or cared. This coyote went after him when he was up on back hoe. This is a serious problem and no one seems to take it seriously. Denise, keep your eyes open and do whatever you feel you must. Just don't put yourself in harms way. Oh and DEEP, then you can come and find the FOX that attacked my cat too! Suppose they aren't in Ct. either...
Catherine Gay March 09, 2014 at 05:20 PM
i live in the porter ave/skunk hollow area of middlebury and the coyotes were howling last week - i have seen the coyotes near here but havent even heard them howling
chuck March 24, 2014 at 08:48 PM
So if they're acting normally and behaving well we shouldn't call immediately??
Claudia Chapman March 26, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Google: wolf pee or predator pee Sounds goofy but it works.

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