Coy­ote sight­ings more than dou­ble

The Norwalk Hour - - TOWN NEWS - By Hum­berto J. Rocha hum­berto.juarez@hears tmedi­act.com

NEW CANAAN — In Septem­ber, there were nine re­ported coy­ote sight­ings in town.

That num­ber is up con­sid­er­ably.

Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber, there were 23 coy­ote sight­ing, ac­cord­ing to An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fi­cer Allyson Halm.

“They’re ap­proach­ing their breed­ing sea­son and that’s cre­at­ing more ac­tiv­ity,” Halm said Nov. 2. “Peo­ple are call­ing al­most daily — I had two calls yes­ter­day and two to­day.”

Halm rec­om­mends that peo­ple not take pic­tures of coy­otes, but rather be pre­pared with haz­ing ma­te­ri­als and stomp their feet to frighten off the four-legged crea­tures.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing and teach­ing haz­ing,” Halm said. “We have to teach this an­i­mal that our man­i­cured lawns are not for them. You only have sec­onds to do this. By the time you take a pic­ture of the an­i­mal, they’re gone and you’ve ac­com­plished noth­ing.”

Halm also con­ducts ef­forts to teach chil­dren about the wildlife that lives in New Canaan and its sur­round­ings.

“Peo­ple can reach out to me. This is geared to­ward grades 3 to 5,” Halm said about the Wak­ing Up to Wildlife pro­gram, where she teaches younger stu­dents about the an­i­mals that call New Canaan home.

“Healthy wildlife re­ally doesn’t in­ter­act with us, but they’ve learned that we are just a stop and freeze species, mean­ing that they think we’re no threat be­cause we tend to freeze and reach for our phones to take a pic­ture.”

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