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Mystery Woman’s Labrador Retriever Bites Dog on Land Trust Property

Police say the department investigated a complaint about an unleashed dog biting another canine on a New Canaan Land Trust-owned property recently. At about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 18, an officer was dispatched to a Ponus Ridge home following a complaint about the encounter, according to an incident report obtained by following a Freedom of Information Act request. There, the owner of a pit bull mix told the officer that a black Labrador retriever had attacked her dog in a wooded area near Woodridge Circle, the report said. The woman said a white woman about 45 years old owned the black Lab and was unable to provide further information about the attacking dog’s owner, it said. Continue Reading →

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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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A live bat found Jan. 9 on the floor of a Canoe Hill Road home tested positive for rabies, officials said. Though mammals are meant to be hibernating just now, the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department has already sent 10 bats to a state laboratory for testing—it isn’t clear why they’ve been so active. 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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