Coyotes Attack, Kill Pet Beagle

A pack of coyotes took a Milford family’s pet beagle from them and now Milford police are warning people to be on the lookout.

A pack of coyotes attacked the beagle terrier in the family’s Todd Drive late Saturday night, police said.

The dog was treated for injuries, but died Monday morning at home, the Connecticut Post reports.

Coyotes have been seen in the area in the past two weeks.

Residents who spot the pack should call the Department of Environmental Protection.

Some coyotes might exhibit bold behavior near people but the risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food. Reports of coyotes attacking small pets, however, have increased, according to the DEP.

Residents are urged to be cautious, especially around dusk or dawn, and not leave their animals unattended.

Tips from the DEP on Preventing Conflicts with Coyotes

  • Do not allow pets to run free! Keep cats indoors, particularly at night, and small dogs on a leash or under close supervision at all times. The installation of a kennel or coyote-proof fencing is a long-term solution for protecting pets. A variety of livestock fencing and small animal pen designs can protect farm animals.
  • Never feed coyotes! Do not place food out for any mammals. Clean up birdseed below feeders, pet foods and fallen fruit. Secure garbage and compost in animal proof containers.
  • Always walk dogs on a leash. If approached by a coyote while walking your dog, keep the dog under control and calmly leave the area. Do not run or turn your back. Coyotes are territorial and many reports of bold coyotes visiting yards, howling, or threatening larger dogs can often be attributed to this territorial behavior.
  • Attempt to frighten away coyotes by making loud noises (e.g., shouting, air horn) and acting aggressively (e.g., waving your arms, throwing sticks, spraying with a hose).
  • Be aware of any coyote behaving abnormally or exhibiting unusually bold behavior (e.g., approaching people for food, attacking leashed pets that are with their owners, stalking children, chasing joggers or bikers, etc.) and report these incidents to authorities immediately.
  • Be aware of and report any coyotes exhibiting behavior indicative of rabies, such as staggering, seizures, and extreme lethargy. Daytime activity is not uncommon and does not necessarily indicate rabies.
  • Teach children to recognize coyotes and to go inside the house (do not run) or climb up on a swing or deck and yell if they are approached.
  • Close off crawlspaces under porches and sheds that coyotes or other animals may use.
  • Educate your neighbors. Ask them to follow these same steps.
  • Regulated hunting and trapping may be used to remove problem coyotes in areas where it is safe and legal to do so.
  • Contact the DEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 for more information on coyotes or other wildlife problems.
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