Police in Stamford are warning homeowners about coyotes that are lurking into backyards, hiding under decks and attacking dogs as they're let out.
According to Stamford police, the coyotes are driven by a lack of food and shelter.
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said wild animals may be wandering into residential and commercial areas as heavy snow forces them from their usual habitats.
Stamford police said they have received several calls from homeowners whose pets were attacked.
"Please be aware of your surroundings before letting your pet outside!" police urged in a Facebook post Thursday.