New London Police Provide Guidance as CT Coyote Population Soars

New London Police Provide Guidance as CT Coyote Population Soars

Connecticut's coyote population has exploded over the last few decades and the New London Police Department is warning residents that along with increased numbers, coyotes have also become adapted to a variety of new habitats including residential neighborhoods.

The police department is providing information and guidance to better inform residents of the potential dangers coyotes present in these new habitats.

Coyotes are increasingly taking advantage of food sources found in and around locations that put them in more frequent contact with humans.

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A coyote’s diet consists mainly of mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, certain fruit, carrion and garbage, but coyotes also prey on small livestock, poultry and pets.

Unsupervised pets like outdoor cats and small dogs less than 25 pounds are particularly vulnerable to coyote attacks.

In a popular hiking area in Manchester for example, there were several coyote sightings and two attacks on unleashed dogs during the whelping (young-rearing) season of 2016.