It’s no secret that I hate coyotes with a burning passion. They’re Connecticut’s only predator that I have beef with because of how aggressive and territorial they are.
Anyways, before the bleeding hearts say they were here first and I should respect them should face the facts. Coyotes first showed up in the state 60 years ago and became a nuisance ever since because of how invasive they are.
Their population exploded so much that they are now taking over people’s property, such as what’s happening to this Greenwich woman. However, she won’t fight back because she’s a vegetarian and refuses to harm them. So, congrats on sentencing yourself to house arrest.
This also is a big problem in New London and Westport, too. Coyotes completely lost their fear of humans and are snatching pets right in front of their owners.
But the problem is about to get worse. NBC Connecticut reports that, around this time of year, these predators have their puppies. So they hunt prey all hours of the day to feed their young so they won’t discriminate between a wild rabbit and a domestic cat.
East Hartford and Clinton police encourage residents to keep their wits about them around this time of year. Clinton police especially urge caution because several of these critters now frequent the beach. Because of that, Animal Control remains on the search for their dens and if there’s a possible litter in one.
Wildlife officials say residents should also keep an eye out for potential dens. If you spot one close to your property, leave it be and pay close attention to your outdoor pets in the meantime.
This also goes for your big dogs as coyotes might view them as a threat to their territory. Hey, they don’t obey property lines.
Although coyotes rarely attack humans, they will if they believe their puppies are in danger. So don’t creep too close to a den unless you want something to cry about.
However, if a coyote seemingly refuses to leave you or your family alone even after hazing, call for help. Animal control and wildlife officials will provide you information on how to protect yourself.
If disposing of the animal doesn’t sit right with you, click HERE for alternative solutions. These creatures react to loud noises, so if one crosses your path, hoot and holler like you’re at a classic rock show.
However, if the coyote exhibits abnormal behavior or poses an immediate threat you need to call police immediately. Unlike the opossum, coyotes are not resistant to rabies and similar illnesses.
Anyways, this is your yearly PSA about these wild animals and how to protect yourself and your pets from them. Beware of these crafty guys. They’re an invasive species for a reason.