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Fatal Coyote-on-Cat Attack Prompts Waterford Animal Control to Issue Another Warning

Another coyote attack, this time on a cat, prompted Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control to share safety tips. Credit: emdot, via flickr creative commons
Another coyote attack, this time on a cat, prompted Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control to share safety tips. Credit: emdot, via flickr creative commons
Waterford pet owners, take note.

"A coyote ate a resident's cat, chased him right up onto their deck, and grabbed him there," Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control posted on Facebook today

The incident occurred in the Niantic River Road area, according to Animal Control.

Over 4th of July weekend, someone lost their small dog to a coyote and Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control reminded residents that foxes, fisher cats, bobcats and coyotes are present around town.

"Please keep your cats indoors if you can and watch your small dogs," Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control wrote on Facebook. "Go outside with your dogs, especially at dawn, dusk and night time."

Other Tips From Animal Control

  • Make noise
  • Turn on outside lights
  • Do not feed wildlife
  • Keep trash cans covered
  • If you can, keep your cats inside

"Be aware that these animals are around and your pets are part of their food chain," Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk wrote.

Click here for more tips on protecting pets from coyotes.


Have you seen coyotes around town? Where have you seen them? 
Sherry July 20, 2014 at 01:50 AM
Exactly! Cats belong inside. Very sad about the feral cats but as Donna said cats and small dogs are part of the food chain. People need to keep their animals spayed and neutered there are far too many unwanted domesticated cats and dogs.
Anne K. Mulligan July 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Well said, Donna. My guess is that the coyotes have been hear long before we were.
Joe Cascio July 21, 2014 at 07:14 AM
According to CT DEEP page on coyotes (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325992), coyotes were originally a Great Plains and midwest animal, but have organically extended their range from Alaska to Central America and from the Atlantic Provinces to the Southeast US. They were first reported in Connecticut in the 1950s in Litchfield County.
Anne K. Mulligan July 21, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Thanks for that information, Joe. I stand corrected.
Joe Cascio July 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Frankly, I don't mind a healthy predator population. They are part of a healthy ecosystem. They keep down the deer, mice and other pests. I just wish the coyotes would go after more of those flying feces factories know as Canada Geese.

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