Coyote Bites Dog Near Waveny Pond; Police Warn Park Visitors

Police are urging Waveny visitors to be especially vigilant in the area of the pond after a coyote bit a leashed dog there Thursday. Those with dogs should avoid the area of Waveny Pond entirely for now, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Section. Halm said police had two calls Wednesday about coyote sightings in the part of Waveny that includes the pond at the foot of the sledding hill, and that a witness to the biting incident Thursday reported it to authorities. The coyotes likely have established a den near the pond, Halm said, and are protecting the territory. “It should be a short-lived situation, but if people are going down this path, they should be with a walking stick or airhorn” to haze the coyotes, Halm said.

Animal Calls: Dogs on Tennis Courts, Bobcat Sightings, Fox on St. John Place

Here’s a roundup of recent activity of the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. ***

Animal Control issued a verbal warning to a Norwalk woman who had been letting two Akitas off-leash at the fenced-in tennis courts at New Canaan High School. The first complaint about it came in Feb. 4, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control. A member of Spencer’s Run, the woman agreed to take the large-breed dogs there after receiving the warning.