The Darien Police Department and the Municipal Animal Control Officer have received recent reports from residents about coyote sightings in various parts of town.  The department said incorrect information has circulated on social media pertaining to what the response of the Darien Police Department and Animal Control Officer has been. The following is a coordinated statement from both the Darien Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

As coyotes have become more common and occasionally prey on small pets, public concerns about coyotes attacking people, especially children, have increased. Although some coyotes may exhibit bold behavior near people, coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare, however aggressive behavior toward small dogs is common and more prevalent during the breeding season which typically runs from January to February.  This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people and their residences with food. As a reminder: The Darien Animal Control Officer will not “trap” or remove a coyote based on a sighting. 

 The DEEP Wildlife Division may consider issuing a special permit to a professional licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO), hired by the landowner, to trap and destroy coyotes that exhibit a pattern of attacking supervised pets or threaten public safety.