Wellesley Residents On Alert After Coyote Attacks

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

WELLESLEY (CBS) – Keep a close eye on those small dogs. That’s what Wellesley’s Animal Control officer is telling residents to do after a rash of coyote encounters.

“We’re really afraid of coyotes,” says 10-year-old Vicky Driscoll, who lives near Cliff Road, where a small dog is recovering from a coyote attack last week. At around the same time, coyotes also preyed on a sick deer.

The most serious incident was on Bristol Road, where a dog was killed by coyotes Saturday. Several doors down, the Fitzgeralds had a close encounter with their pug, Amos. “Right there in the middle of the back yard was a very large coyote just standing there looking at me,” says Tom Fitzgerald. “I yelled at it. It looked at me, and then trotted off. He would make a delicious meal, and we certainly don’t want that to happen.”

According to Wellesley Animal Control, coyotes are more active this time of year especially at dawn and dusk, because it’s mating season. Officials are telling people not to leave pet food or bird seed outside.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

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