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Vigilance urged

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One night a couple of summers ago I was awakened by rustling outside my bedroom window. It was quite loud, and annoying, so I got out of bed to see who or what was making all the racket. The sensor light behind my garage had been triggered so I got a good look at what was standing under the grove of trees. He/she was digging under the leaves and such undoubtedly looking for food. When I appeared in the window, the animal looked up at me and stared for a few seconds. No dog would have had the presence of mind to see me at a second-floor window. It was then I was certain it was a coyote.
I live on a busy street on the east side of town, but wild animals of all sorts have been known to camp out here – turkeys, turtles, raccoons, skunks (regular visitors who like to hide under my deck), deer, woodchucks and fox. It’s a venerable zoo around home some days.
Of all the animal residents and visitors, the coyote disturbed me the most. If my cat were an outdoor one, she surely would have been a meal for the coyote.
This incident came to mind when I read the Fairfield Citizen article about five dogs that are suspected to have been killed by coyotes. The incidents appear to have all occurred in the Mountain Laurel-Galloping Hill road areas.
Animal control officers are asking owners to keep an eye on their pets. “We haven’t had any dogs attacked while they were with human beings. They seem to be going after dogs that are alone,” Animal Control Officer Paul Miller told the Citizen.,
The article described coyotes as resembling a small, lanky German shepherd with wide, pointed ears, a long muzzle, yellow eyes and an uncurled, bushy tail carried low to the ground. They typically weigh between 30 to 50 pounds. That is exactly how my visitor looked.
Miller suggested that cats or dogs not be fed outdoors as coyotes will eat just about anything.
For more information on how to protect your pets or what to do if you come across a coyote, visit www.ct.gov/dep/wildlife.

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