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Conflicts with coyotes are becoming more common as coyotes spread throughout Connecticut and in to residential areas also in Mansfield CT, according to DEEP state wildlife biologist Christopher Vann. Coyotes were first reported in the state in the mid-1950s. They thrive near people and have even started to dig dens under backyard sheds. The animals are particularly watchful and aggressive around their dens during the spring whelping season, when pups are young. In 2016 we have had 2 dog/coyote encounters in Mansfield in the Gurleyville Rd area between Rt 195 and Chaffeeville Rd. Both attacks occurred close to the homes where the dogs were living, one during the day, one at dusk.

Dog owners "should exercise great caution" when walking in the woods and never allow dogs to walk unleashed. Dogs weighing less than 25 pounds are particularly vulnerable. Cats are also at risk . Cats should be kept indoors, especially at night. http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325936

For more information about coyotes please contact the DEEP at 860-424-3011.