Police say they’re seeing a spike in coyote activity, with nine sightings so far in September. The coyotes likely are juveniles born last spring who have been kicked out of their dens or young males doing surveillance for the next breeding season, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. She’s encouraging residents to use hazing techniques when encountering the animals. “The calls are coming in one after another,” Halm said. “People just have to realize it’s a lifestyle change if you want to protect your pet this is what we have to do.”
Here’s a snapshot of September sightings:
Coyotes are monogamous and generally breed between January and March, giving birth from April to mid-May following a gestation period of about 63 days, officials say.