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Coyote Sighting Reported Near MMS [Updated]

A resident says her cat hasn't been seen since the animal was spotted early Friday.

Update, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday: 

 President Carol Wilder-Tamme snapped the photo at right of a coyote in her back yard Sunday.

Original article:

A Darien resident reports the she and her husband spotted a coyote early Friday morning in the vicinity of .

Mary Manning said in an email that the animal — a "large coyote" — was seen in the back yard of her home, which is situated in the neighborhood between Colony Road and Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

Manning also said that her Himalayan cat hasn't been seen since the sighting.

"Please keep your small animals in at dawn and dusk," she wrote — advice echoed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

"The best way to protect pets is to not allow them to run free," the department advises. "Cats should be kept indoors, particularly at night, and small dogs should be on a leash and under close supervision at all times."

Ed Thomas October 23, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Not sure the photo is representative of a coyote. I've seen a number of them in Canada. The ones I saw were almost as big as wolves. The way you can differentiate between a wolf and coyote is that a coyote's tail touches the ground while a wolf's does not.
Carol Wilder-Tamme October 24, 2011 at 01:37 PM
I took a photo of one in my back yard yesterday. See my Facebook. Carol Wilder-Tamme
Marilyn Dunleavy October 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM
My cat was attacked on our front porch by a coyote about 3 weeks ago. (Tokeneke area). She was pretty beat up and bloody and needed treatment by the vet. I feel lucky that I opened the door when I did and scared the coyote away.
John Davisson October 25, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, Marilyn — that's awful. I hope your cat is recovering well.
Chris Noe October 25, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I snapped pictures of a coyote in Westport Monday afternoon. It looked older.
dd October 26, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Parents should know that coyotes can and do attack small children as well.
Karen Hughan October 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
There are much fewer dog walkers in Woodland Park since the leash law was implemented. Coyotes will become more prevalent naturally without the presence of humans and dogs in the park, and the residential area photographed abuts the park. This threat was presented in meetings before the leash law was passed and might have been more carefully considered.

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