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PHOTO: Third Coyote Sighted in New Canaan in Past Week

Police say a resident photographed the coyote on Sunrise Avenue at about 9:15 a.m. Monday. Click on the icons in the map below for more detailed information.

For the third time in one week, a New Canaan resident has reported a coyote sighting to the police department's Animal Control unit.

At about 9:15 a.m. Monday, a town resident spotted and photographed what Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt believes to be a coyote at 32 Sunrise Avenue (photo and interactive map of coyote sightings attached).

The report follows last week.

Kleinschmitt keeps an updated log of coyote sightings, which she says comes in handy when residents report cats and small dogs missing, as the coyotes see those animals as a food source.

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New Canaan Patch in its free daily newsletter each Wednesday features complete with an updated coyote sighting map, lost dogs and cats report, deer vs. motor vehicle information and details on animal and rabies calls in town.

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Following scattered reports of coyote sightings in the area, two Animal Control officers and two more police officers recently searched Waveny Park for signs of a coyote den, and found no evidence of one.

"We wanted to make sure there was nothing on park property that would be of concern to anyone," Kleinschmitt said.

Any resident that spots a coyote should call New Canaan Police to report it, at 203-594-3500.

joe April 30, 2012 at 06:34 PM
can homeowners kill coyotes?
J Bauer April 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Some things to be aware of - Coyote fact sheet: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2723&Q=325992 And, to answer Joe's question, yes you can hunt Coyotes on your own property. There are some stringent regulations about how to do so... see that link above for detail on that as well.
Chester Broadway April 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Does that same rule apply to any coons I see messing with my crop?
J Bauer April 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I believe that the state and town has certain ordinances regarding hunting on one's property. Check to make sure I am right, but I looked into it a while back and I recall the requirements being for 2.0 - 9.9 acres of property, you can hunt with a crossbow or other non combustion fired weapon. If you want to hunt animals with rifles or anything that uses a bullet, you need to have 10 acres or more of private property.
Jon S. May 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Incredible! A New Canaan Patch story that's actually about something happening in New Canaan! Well done.
rs May 01, 2012 at 07:11 AM
coyotes likely New Canannites wayyy before you Joe.
NCDad May 01, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Jon S. - Guess you did not see the story about Saxe Middle School students? Or the New Canaan Police stories? Or the Visions for Vacancies - 99 Main Street? Just an FYI, all of these are also about New Canaan.
Jon S. May 02, 2012 at 01:42 AM
NCDad -- I was being a little sarcastic. Obviously, there are stories about NC on NC Patch, but not like there used to be when Patch first launched, or even like last year when Sheryl Shaker was editing. Now, instead of updated coverage of, for example, the proposed development at Jelliff Mill, which actually affects our town, we're seeing more non-local stuff like the news flash that Dick Clark passed away (no NC connection), and now even stories about weird murders in Santa Cruz, California, and teacher-student sexcapades in the midwest. There's a cost to gathering, writing, and editing local news, and AOL seems unwilling to make that investment for Patch. I used to find new local stuff on Patch all the time. Now, they'll even give you a headline and a byline, but just link to the Advertiser. In that case, why bother -- I'll just read the Advertiser. What a wasted opportunity.

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