Big Coyote, Suspected of Killing Pets, Caught in Danbury

Danbury officials reported a large, male coyote was captured by the trapper hired by the city to rid the Tamanny Trail neighborhood of its coyote.


Danbury residents have been cooperating with the city to trap a coyote that is suspected of killing cats and dogs.  Residents reported seeing a large coyote along Tamanny Trail this summer, and neighboring streets near Great Plain Road.  The coyote was large enough to maul and kill dogs, including a pit bull, and cats are missing in the area.

The city hired a trapper two weeks ago, and neighbors were told to keep their pets inside, stop feeding birds and to seal their trash cans. Leave nothing near the houses a coyote can live on, and it will return to the woods where the trapper will do his job. That was pretty much the last people heard.

"I've seen it three times," said Amanda Mottola, 16 Tamanny Trail, the owner of two cats and a dog. "I'd say I'd peg it at between 50 and 60 pounds. I'd peg it at 58 pounds."

Details about the coyote caught Friday were not available Sunday. Is it alive? Is it going to live on that farm where everybody tells their children they sent their elderly cat?

City Council President Joe Cavo and Council Member Andrew Wetmore knocked on doors along Tamanny Trail Sunday to give residents the update. Cavo said he pretty much heard about the coyote capture fourth-hand, so he didn't have any details. Director of Health Scott Leroy is handing the coyote for the city.

Cavo and Wetmore reminded people to keep their property free of coyote food (cats, dogs, bird seed, loose trash.) Keep doing this even though the main culprit may have been caught. Do this from now on, Cavo and Wetmore said, or another coyote will start picking off neighborhood pets.

"The city doesn't have the financing to keep doing this," Cavo said. He said the estimate on ridding the neighborhood of the coyote is something between $4,000 and $10,000.

Cathy Moore, 15 Tamanny Trail, said she isn't letting Mika, her Siberian Husky, outside on her own.

"I'm still afraid. I'm not going to let her out on her own," Moore said.

Wetmore agreed with Moore.

"This coyote may be out of the picture now, but if people don't learn how to co-exist with coyotes, there will be further trouble," Wetmore said.

Wetmore said the whole city has to learn how to live with coyotes, because they are in many city neighborhoods.

Natalie Jarnstedt September 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I certainly hope that people are more honest with their children than telling them about sending old pets to some farm. My parents always explained the deaths of pets to me and my sister, at a very young age. If children are allowed to watch violence on TV, even in cartoons, why can't they be told the truth? I find it hard to believe that when a coyote is trapped and killed, one can ever be sure that it's the "one" who was killing pets. Small pets, epspecially cats, should never be allowed outside, larger dogs can probably be safe in enclosed/fenced in yards $4,000 to $10,000 to "rid" a neighborhood of one coyote? What are they using, hundreds of hours of manpower and silver traps and bullets? .
Claudia Cooper September 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM
They don't want to mention what happened to the coyote because they killed it, most likely. If they told people to keep their pets on a leash or inside, etc so the coyote would "go back into the woods," then why was it necessary to hunt the coyote down? does this mean they know people won't be able to comply on anything but a temporary basis becus they insist on letting cats roam until one day, they're struck by a car or attackled by a coyote? It's the people, not the coyote, that need to modify their behavior. People, like it or not, the environment we live in is already too dangerous for loose pets. Cars kill far more of them than coyotes will.


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