Police: Coyote Snatches Adams Lane Dog

Animal Control officials are urging residents on the west side of New Canaan to be alert after two coyote versus dog incidents this week, including one where a Chihuahua mix was taken. On Monday, a resident of Knapp Lane reported that a Labrador retriever sustained puncture wounds to the inside of a back thigh after two coyotes were sighted in his yard, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. On Thursday, a man on Adams Lane put his two dogs out in the yard while he went briefly to his garage and then heard a commotion, Halm said. He watched two large coyotes snatch his 13-pound white Chihuahua mixed-breed dog and run off through the woods, Halm said. The man chased but was unable to keep up with the coyotes, and believes his dog was already dead in the animal’s mouth, she said.

New Canaan Girl Bitten by Dog During Playdate

A husky-type dog on Journeys End Road bit a New Canaan girl on both legs during a play date last month, prompting treatment at hospital emergency room, police said. The victim’s father contacted Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, on the afternoon of  June 21, about one hour after an Alaskan Klee Klai bit the girl, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information request. The dog, named ‘Stryker,’ was outside with the children when the girl began to run and the animal “began to chase and nipped the child,” according to the report, citing information from Stryker’s owner. The owner, mom of the girl hosting the play date, washed the area of the wounds and put a Band-Aid on it, the report said. Under state law, dogs who bite people on their own property must undergo a 14-day quarantine, and it can be completed at home.

‘It’s a Death Sentence’: Four Young Ducks Dumped at Mead Park, One Appears To Have Died

Police say one of four young domesticated ducks that someone appears to have dumped July 4 at Mead Park did not survive its first weekend there and that a New Canaan woman has agreed to let the remaining waterfowl rehabilitate on her private property. Officials learned about the abandoned ducks July 9 when one of the tennis pros at Mead reported that the birds had been walking up to park visitors as though seeking food and water, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. 

Responding to the park, Halm found the ducks to be “in some distress” and “very thirsty,” and after consulting with authorities at the nonprofit organization Wildlife in Crisis learned that a person had been seen releasing the animals at Mead the prior week. They likely were mail-order mallards or else baby ducklings that had been found by a family and raised in a home “until they didn’t like them anymore,” Halm said. “They have zero defense knowledge or flight drive, no survival skills,” Halm said. 

Though the three surviving ducks appeared to be grazing at Mead, “the problem was that they did not go into the pond—they didn’t recognize the pond as a safe haven,” she said. Yet the ducks when shown a water bowl hopped into it to swim, Halm said, indicating that they’d been domesticated in the past.

Animal Control: Bear Sightings Reported in New Canaan

Police since Monday morning have received reports of seven sightings of what officials believe to be one bear. Starting around 8 a.m. Monday, reported sightings came in from Brushy Ridge, Silvermine and Echo Hill Roads, and on Tuesday morning, St Luke’s School, Smith Ridge Road and West Road at Lost District Drive, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Halm said that the first call she received reported a “bear cub.” 

“If I hear ‘bear cub’ then I’m concerned mom is somewhere, and that’s when it can get dangerous,” Halm told NewCanaanite.com. Bear sightings are occurring with growing frequency in New Canaan, especially in the summer but increasingly in the winter when they’re not cold enough for the animals to hibernate for the whole season. 

“During bear season – spring through summer – your garbage should be confined,” Halm said. “On garbage day, I’d put it out when you know the guy’s coming.”