Coyotes live and breed in every town across Connecticut. They are extremely adaptable and comfortable living close to residential areas. They are usually not a threat to humans. Coyotes may attack pets, however, especially cats and small dogs. Keep dogs on a leash while hiking, and don’t pick up your dog if coyotes approach and don’t run away. To scare off coyotes, act aggressively toward them, yell and make noise.

Coyotes eat a variety of foods, including rodents, birds, fruit and berries. They will also eat food left out by people, including bird seed and table scraps in compost piles, pet food, or unsecured garbage. If you live in an area where coyotes have been sighted, do not leave cats or small dogs outdoors unsupervised. Keeping pets indoors or limiting their time outdoors, especially during at night when coyotes are most active, is recommended.

For information about coyotes, call the DEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-8130 or 860-424-3011.