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.
“I really want to send an alert out to the west side because I believe these could be the same animals,” Halm said.
“It doesn’t matter time of day, where you live, or the size of your dog. I believe these are all territorial issues and we obviously have a pair that is on the alert.”
Coyotes den in the spring when they have pups and then live as transients. Halm said that anyone who wants to contact her for advice on safeguarding their pets and property should do so and she will visit their home to help.
Police last year reported a sharp rise in coyote sightings in New Canaan. In March, a dog on Beacon Hill Lane was killed by a coyote, and in May coyotes near Waveny Pond bit a leash-walked dog in the popular park while “escorting” others around what presumably was a den, prompting officials to put up warning signs.