Following multiple sightings and an attack on a pet last month, the Southbury Animal Control is warning residents of increased coyote activity in Southbury.
Coyotes have been spotted at Settlers Park as well as the 800’s section of Old Field Rd. in Southbury, according to Marilyn Muratori-Jarvis, Southbury Animal Control Department Supervisor. A dog was attacked in this area last month by three coyotes.
The cocker spaniel survived the attack, but residents are being urged to keep their pets safe and to be aware, especially after dark, that any dog or cat is potential prey for coyotes.
The resident whose dog was attacked has since asked the Southbury Animal Control Office to trap the coyotes in the area. Animal Control is working with the DEEP to accomplish this task.
Though coyote sightings of this nature and in this area are not necessarily uncommon Muratori-Jarvis says they should be taken seriously.
“They are a nuisance because they do go on people’s properties and they do attack pets,” she said.
To prevent attacks on pets residents are encouraged to never leave animals outside unattended, carry an air horn or whistle when walking their pet and in the event of a coyote encounter make loud noises in an attempt to scare the coyote away.
Residents who spot a coyote are encouraged to call the Southbury Animal Control at (203) 262-0613 or the State D.E.E.P office at (860) 424-3011.