As coyotes have become more common, public concern with safety has increased. There have been incidents on Old Lyme Open Space of coyote attacks on dogs.
Whelping Season - Coyotes for the most part will avoid contact with people. However, coyotes tend to be territorial and protective around den sites during the spring through mid-summer period when they may have pups. Be extra cautious during this period while walking a dog.
If you encounter a coyote acting aggressively towards you or supervised pets, contact the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at 860-424-3333 and the Town of Old Lyme animal control officer at 860-434-1605, ext. 244 or in the event of an emergency call 860-510-1255.
DEEP and other experts offer this advice:
Keep Dogs Leashed and under control. Avoid walking with your dog in areas where there have been reports of dog / coyote conflicts.
If approached by a coyote while walking your dog, keep the dog under control and calmly leave the area. Do not run or turn your back.
Attempt to frighten away coyotes by making loud noises (e.g., shouting, air horn, loud whistle) and acting aggressively (e.g., waving your arms, clapping, yelling, throwing sticks).
Do not pick up your dog.
Report any coyotes exhibiting behavior indicative of rabies, such as staggering, seizures, and extreme lethargy. Daytime activity is not uncommon and does not necessarily indicate rabies.