Coyote sightings concern Cromwell residents


CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — Neighbors say they saw a coyote in Cromwell, not walking around, but darting across traffic and circling in a front yard, then going into a backyard near child’s playscape.

“My godchild saw him out in the yard about two or three nights ago,” said Rosemary Frederick, who’s seen the coyote repeatedly. “She was sitting at the table.”

The coyote, seen in the front yard of a house on Route 3 near the Rocky Hill/Cromwell line, is very large, and the area is very busy. There’s a lot of traffic, many houses, a lot of kids and families, and that’s what people can’t understand: a coyote running around in this area at 10 a.m. They’re trying to learn a little bit more about it. Frederick wants to know if it has rabies and why it’s out at that time.

“He’s pretty healthy looking, not as mangy as some of them are,” said Frederick. “I called the dog warden in Cromwell and they told me that the coyotes are mating this time of year, so they’re going to be seen out more frequently than they would normally.”

Animal control says unless they are rabid, most of the time coyotes are shy, will stay in wooded areas, and aren’t a threat to humans. But especially at this time of year, pet owners need to keep a close eye on their dogs and cats. Animal control says despite the fact that it’s a heavily-populated area, coyotes have learned to adapt and live among the people. If you run across a coyote in your yard, back away and yell at it; that should scare it off.

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