Allyson Halm

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Coyotes on Middle Ridge Road Raise Concerns of Denning

Animal Control officials this week are urging Middle Ridge Road residents to use hazing tactics consistently in their neighborhood after an unsettling incident involving three coyotes and two domestic dogs. At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, a resident of the Hoyt Farms street found three coyotes confronting the dogs—a medium- and large-sized Labradoodle—in the yard, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Almost immediately after scattering the wildlife by throwing something at them, members of the household saw the same three coyotes come back, Halm said, and the animals appeared to be marking the area. “The fact that there were three of them is something I am uncomfortable with,” Halm said. “Is it a breeding pair? Continue Reading →

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‘Coyotes Are Active in This Area’: Instructive Sign Posted at Waveny Cornfields, More Coming

A sign warning visitors to “Be alert” because “Coyotes are active in this area” has been installed at the main entrance to the cornfields at Waveny, and additional signs are to be posted elsewhere in New Canaan parks, officials said. With tips on what to do if approached by a coyote and how to protect pets, as well as police contact information for those worried about an encounter, the signs are designed to help educate park-goers, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “I have people walk up to me at Waveny on a regular basis, surprised at what they had just seen,” Halm said. “To me, we can’t educate enough. I don’t want anybody to come up and say, ‘I didn’t know. Continue Reading →

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Mountain Lion Seen on Nursery Road in New Canaan

Town officials said on Monday that they received a credible report of a mountain lion sighting in New Canaan earlier this month. The Jan. 16 sighting on the eastern end of Nursery Road (near the Merritt Parkway) came in from a man who described a tail three feet long—a physical characteristic that distinguishes the cougar from smaller felines, such as bobcats—and saw the animal directly in front of his car, walking under a streetlight, in a well-lit area, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We are not alone,” Halm said of the sighting. She said it’s important for residents to be aware that larger predators are becoming increasingly comfortable in this area. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Terrier Overdue for Rabies Vaccination Bites Town Woman

A Jack Russell terrier bit a New Canaan woman on a Tuesday night last month, two days after the dog had been due for its rabies vaccination, according to police. The little Turtleback Road animal, Henry, bit the woman after she got down on the ground to say hello to him at about 7:01 p.m. on Dec. 12, according to an incident report obtained by through a Freedom of Information Act request. It wasn’t clear just where the victim was bitten or what was the extent of her injuries, though after declining transportation through the local ambulance service, she went to Norwalk Hospital’s emergency room for treatment on her own, according to the police report. The dog’s owner, Susan Rein, told authorities that Henry had been crated since the bite, according to the police officer’s incident report. Continue Reading →

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Failed Heating System Prompts Officials To Close New Canaan Animal Control Shelter

The New Canaan Animal Control shelter has been closed since Dec. 31, officials say, when they had to shut off the water there because of a failed heat pump at the brick building. The sustained freezing temperatures of the last two weeks essentially rendered the small structure at the dump unusable, according to Bill Oestmann, superintendent of buildings for the Department of Public Works. “When it gets down to these temperatures, it’s an old incinerator building, it’s a non-insulated building that was never designed to have heat in it and the heat they put into it cannot keep up with zero-degree temperatures consistently,” he told when asked about the problem. Mercifully, none of the animals that typically take up residence at the shelter—primarily roaming, injured or “dumped” dogs—have lived there since the heating failed. Continue Reading →

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