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Arlington alerts residents about rash of coyote sightings

Posted by Brock Parker  September 9, 2013 02:30 PM

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Arlington is advising residents to secure their trash and pets because of an increase in the number of coyote sightings in the town in recent weeks.

Arlington Animal Control Officer Amanda Kennedy said the town has had five unique sightings of coyotes in the past three weeks, and in three of those cases the predators were spotted by multiple people.

Kennedy said she hasn’t seen any recent incidents in which a pet has been attacked by a coyote, but she has found remnants of cottontail rabbits with bite marks indicating they were eaten by coyotes.

The coyotes have been sighted at various spots around town, including Montrose Street, Orlando Avenue, Winthrop Street and Cheswick Road, but officials believe other areas are probably affected, as well.

“I suspect these are juvenile coyotes and they are figuring out what their area is going to be and they are sort of testing the boundaries a little,” Kennedy said. “I suspect once they realize there are people present they will retreat to some extent.”

Coyote sightings have become more frequent in the Boston area, including in Belmont and Brookline, in recent years.

Kennedy said she wanted to alert Arlington residents so they make sure to put lids on their garbage cans and don’t leave any pet food outdoors that could attract coyotes. Cats and small dogs should also not be left unattended outside.

To report a coyote sighting in Arlington, call the animal control officer at 781-316-3950 and leave a message with the location, date and time of the sighting.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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