Officials warn of coyotes after recent sightings
Officials are warning people about several coyote sightings reported over the weekend in western Connecticut.
Weston animal control officer Mark Harper says he's making a point to prevent any more coyote attacks. He says there were two incidents in which dogs were attacked by coyotes. One involved a coyote charging at a woman, but it did not come into contact with her. Harper doesn't know the extent of the dogs' injuries, but he says he's concerned that the coyotes may have rabies due to the abnormal behavior.
In Wilton, part of the Norwalk Valley River Trail remains closed after a dog left its owner and encountered a coyote. The dog was not hurt.
Police urge pet owners to walk their dogs on a leash, especially if the dog weighs less than 25 pounds. Making loud noises or acting in an aggressive manner, like waving your arms, will usually frighten off a coyote.
Police say people should report coyote problems to local animal control or to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.