Encountering A Coyote
As coyotes have become more common, public concern with safety has increased. There have been incidents on Old Lyme Open Space of coyote attacks on dogs.
Whelping Season - Coyotes for the most part will avoid contact with people. However, coyotes tend to be territorial and protective around den sites during the spring through mid-summer period when they may have pups. Be extra cautious during this period while walking a dog.
If you encounter a coyote acting aggressively towards you or supervised pets, contact the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at 860-424-3333 and the Town of Old Lyme animal control officer at 860-434-1605, ext. 244 or in the event of an emergency call 860-510-1255.
DEEP and other experts offer this advice:
- Keep Dogs Leashed and under control. Avoid walking with your dog in areas where there have been reports of dog / coyote conflicts.
- 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.
- Attempt to frighten away coyotes by making loud noises (e.g., shouting, air horn, loud whistle) and acting aggressively (e.g., waving your arms, clapping, yelling, throwing sticks).
- Do not pick up your dog.
- 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.