UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfielders warned: Coyotes on the prowl for pets

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fairfielders warned: Coyotes on the prowl for pets

Five dogs believed to have been killed in Fairfield by coyotes is prompting town animal control officials to urge residents to keep a sharp eye on their pets.The coyote attack took place June 6, when a Mountain Laurel woman found her beagle dead in her front yard, according to Animal Control Officer Paul Miller. Though the home's backyard was enclosed an electric fence, the owner did not put the electric collar on the beagle and she believes the dog left the yard under the fence.
Miller said the incidents all are concentrated in the Mountain Laurel-Galloping Hill road areas of town.
"We're urging dog owners to supervise their pets," Miller said Wednesday. "We haven't had any dogs attacked while they were with human beings. They seem to be going after dogs that are alone."
Eastern coyotes were first documented in Connecticut in the 1950s, and Miller even recently snapped nighttime photos of the dog-like creatures behind the animal shelter on One Rod Highway.
According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, coyotes are common throughout the state and can be found in a variety of habitats.
Coyotes resemble 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. READ MORE:

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