Coyotes live and breed in every town in Connecticut. They are extremely adaptable and comfortable living in close proximity to residential areas. They are usually not a threat to humans; however coyotes may attack pets, particularly cats. There have been some reports of coyotes attacking small dogs.

Coyotes eat a variety of foods including rodents, birds, fruit and berries. They will also eat food provided by people including spilled bird seed, compost piles, pet foods, or unsecured garbage. If you live in an area frequented by coyotes and you have cats or very small dogs, your pets should be supervised while outdoors. Keeping pets indoors or limiting their time outdoors, especially at night when coyotes are most active, is recommended.

For information, call the DEP Wildlife Division at 860-675-8130 or the Hartford office at 860-424-3011.