By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

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

Comments (8)
  1. gramps says:

    The Coyotes have been put on notice!

    Swellesley’s zoning & by laws clearly ‘prohibit’ non-akc-registered animals.

    They better steer clear of ‘Deluxbury’ too!


  2. Marcy says:

    Warning should be for cats too not just dogs when it comes to coyotes.

  3. Pamela says:

    We just moved to Wellesley from another part of Massachuesetts that is loaded with coyotes Never had a problem. People in this town should make use of that expensive education and learn about these animals. I had to chuckle when I read people are now going to keep close watch on their cats and dogs. You should have been doing that all along. Also where are all the comments from people who think we have too many deer? I am sure now you want to shoot the coyotes instead of the deer. They have to eat too. Learn to co-exist and stop being ignorant. Your designer dogs will be fine if you watch them. Just stay away from the coyotes.

    1. HHH says:

      Really? The dog that died was killed 5 feet from the owner’s house after being left outside for 90 seconds. The dog was the sweetest, most friendly dog on Earth, She died in the owners arms. You think that’s the designer dog’s fault? You think it was the owner’s fault? They coyotes are predators that are not welcome. Comments like this make me sick.

  4. Jay says:

    Coyote 101- Get a bleeding heart Liberal to spend money and change hunting and trapping laws.
    Coyote 102- Liberal cry baby loves animals (only the good ones) try to be the good one do not eat their cat or bite their little dog.
    Coyote 103- Blame it on the gun owners, hunters, trappers, sportsman, fishermen, people with load exhaust or noisy car stereos.
    Coyote 104- Deer are harder to catch so eat their pets just do not leave any evidence….maybe they will blame it on some cult worshiper. Predators typically eat the entrails first and if still hungry they may eat more.

  5. Pamela says:

    HH it appears you misconstrued the meaning of my message. You don’t think I feel for that poor dog? I have been an owner of large breed rescue dogs for over 25 years so some of my best friends are dogs. I wasn’t blaming the dog but the owner was not fully responsible. Here in the Western Burbs there are lots of people who let their small dogs and especially cats roam around. There are a lot of possible predators out there including fischer cats, red-tailed hawks, and great horned owls. Any of these animals can swoop down and take your animal in a second even in an enclosed back yard. In fact these three animals are more likely than a coyote to prey on domestic animals. But they were here in Wellesley long before the McMansions were built. You really do have to keep your small animals very close or move to high-rise in Boston as they are not going away anytime soon.

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