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eastern-coyote-canis-latrans-massachusetts-kim-smithimg_4034Councilman Scott Memhard shares photo of the porch where the poddle was killed

AS reported in thelocalnews.ws

Sumac Lane, Rocky Neck

GLOUCESTER — The mayor and police chief are advising residents to keep a careful watch on all pets after a resident’s dog was killed by a coyote last night.

Two women who tried to save the dog were forced to hide in a car after the coyote turned on them.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Interim Chief John McCarthy issued the advice after the dog was attacked last night (January 15).

At around 9:30 p.m., “Gloucester Animal Control responded to Sumac Lane for reports of a resident whose dog had been attacked and killed by a coyote,” a police statement said.

“The dog was on a fixed leash in the yard while its owner was inside the home. Animal control officers searched the surrounding area but did not find the coyote,” it added.

Rocky Neck resident Mark Olsen told WBZ TV the dog, a poodle, belonged to his 75-year-old mother.

The dog was out for about five minutes when the coyote attacked, he told reporters.

Olsen said his mother and sister “tried to save the dog, but they had to hide in their car when the coyote came after them,” WBZ said.

As a result, animal control officers and Gloucester Environmental Police are monitoring the entire Rocky Neck area today.

City officials said the coyote population has been increasing on Cape Ann recently. Olsen agreed, saying he had seen three or four recently. He also said they are becoming “more brazen.”

The Boston Globe reported last year that 250 residents attended a meeting last year to voice concern about the increasing coyote population.

In October 2015, a woman drinking coffee on her front porch was attacked by a coyote, according to Good Morning Gloucester.

To prevent coyote attacks, Gloucester Police advise residents to follow safety tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:

  1. Do not approach, feed, pet, or try to interact with wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, or other wild animals.
  2. It is always a good idea to leash pets at all times if outdoors. Small cats and dogs are seen as prey and larger dogs competition.
  3. Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises, bright lights, or water sprayed from a hose.
  4. Cut back bushy edges, as these areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
  5. Secure your garbage. Coyotes raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in secure buildings when possible.
  6. Take out trash when the morning pick-up is scheduled, not the previous night.
  7. Keep compost in secure, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce attractive odors.
  8. Keep bird feeder areas clean. Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals coyotes prey upon.
  9. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.

More information regarding the city’s increasing coyote population will be released on the City of Gloucester website this week.

Anyone who sees a coyote in Gloucester should immediately contact Gloucester Animal Control at 978-281-9746.eastern-coyote-massachusetts-kim-smith



  • We cannot ever leave a dog unattended on a leash. Same thing happened to my friend’s Jack Russell Terrier. Let him out on a run and he was attacked and killed by two coyotes in Gloucester.

    Sorry about their beloved pet. But is not o.k. to leave animals on a leash. Defenseless.

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    • So very sorry for the family’s loss of their beloved pet. There are simply no words, especially under the circimstances.

      I have taken to banging on a pot and yelling loudly when we let the dog out a night to do her business. We stay with her, but sometimes she is so spooked she runs in and out as fast as her short little legs can carry her. We have an enclosed yard, some low fencing and some high, but coyotes can jump high fences, too. Without doubt, they are lurking on the other side of the fence.


  • “If anyone sees a coyote – call animal control” Give me a break. We see them every day. What are we going to do? kill them all off? It is always sad when a beloved pet is lost to a natural predator. – but get real… they play an important part in our ecosystem. You are asking for trouble if you leave small pets out on their own. Be aware and live in peace and harmony with nature.

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    • That coyotes play an important part of our ecosystem is a debatable comment. They are only very, very recent to the New England landscape. Coyotes do not play the same role as, for example, wolves and beavers have contributed, in restoring ecosystems. They are scavengers, preferring to eat human garbage, pets, chickens, wild berries and fruit, along with dead animals, dead fish, and dead waterfowl that have washed ashore. Coyotes have out competed fox for habitat in our community. Fox are much better hunters of rabbits and more importantly White-footed Mice and Chipmunks, which are two of the greatest vectors of Lyme disease. Ten years ago, I would see Red Fox nearly every evening or dawn. In the past two years I have seen one. We didn’t have have an exploding rabbit population ten years ago.

      Lots to think about and to understand 🙂


      • I haven’t seen rabbits in a few years. We had a fox family, but i haven’t seen them lately either. Thanks for the info.


  • Have some common sense folks. Coywolves are all over the island. I live in the midst of conservation land and the golf course and there are 3-4 packs around me. My backyard is a coywolf highway from a pond to the golf course. I have a 70 pound lab/german shepherd/husky mix. I don’t walk at dawn or dusk or in the dark. After dark my dog is on a tether out front and I always go out with him. The hysteria over the coywolves is just that, hysteria. Be responsible humans to safeguard yourself and your companion animals.

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  • This is tragic when you lose a beloved pet. With the recent snow this may increase there looking for food just this past week I remember Craig Kimberley filing one that was walking In the street and then went into a back yard! I would highly suggest consulting with the wildlife professionals at the state level and USFWS there are other programs other states have adopted. By all means everyone has a inherent right to defense but hopefully risk mitigation also is part of the process! Coyotes are nation wide come back some places more so than others for many reasons! .

    it does sound like they are comfortable around both humans and other animals! The attached below is a true story about wolfs in the New Mexico Territory (Lobo) true documentation and as told and handed down generation to generation…Very educational also and heartbreaking end result…Finding balance here:

    Hope this may be useful note the DVD is approximately 60 minutes run time this excerpt is 7 minutes.

    NATURE | The Wolf That Changed America | Steel Traps | PBS

    Uploaded on Nov 19, 2008
    See the full episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/1069630535
    In this Web-exclusive video, wolf expert Doug Smith discusses the Yellowstone Wolf Project. Started in 1994, the Wolf Project has taken advantage of the visibility of Yellowstone’s wolves to explore wolf population dynamics. Of particular interest is how wolves interact with prey.

    Dave 😦

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  • Putting a small dog out unattended ,in the dark, in an area known to have coyotes is neglectful. I’m sorry for their loss but animal owners need to be smarter than this


  • Growing up in Gloucester, we didn’t have coyotes. Now in Vermont, we find they are a nuisance, but we are allowed to shoot them. Putting your dog on a fixed leash is like putting a worm on a fish hook; at the end of the line, there’s no place to go. Dogs and cats are mentioned in the article. What about your children? (don’t tie them up either!) Note that the two ladies were able to escape to a car. It’s a shame you can’t have a gun handy, but usually, even within city limits a shotgun is permitted.
    The eco system. You’ll note that Coyotes aren’t all about the balance of nature; wolves are known for restoring that balance, but aren’t all that great as neighbors. I’d recommend getting rid of the coyotes, or at least, their food source!

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    • Thanks Bobby for your comment. It is legal to hunt coyotes in Massachusetts from October to March.

      They most assuredly are becoming increasingly emboldened. When a coyote had my cat in its jaws, I ran towards it screaming and hollering and waving my arms. The coyote dropped my cat and ran in the opposite direction. This was approximately five years ago. It is very disturbing that the coyote went after the Two women who were trying to rescue their pet.

      I wonder how folks would feel if it was a pack of wild dogs roaming our streets day and night, killing their cats, dogs, and chickens.

      For more information about coyote hunting visit the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife website here: http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/furbearers/


    • You are correct about coyotes in the old school days I did see foxes very rare 1957-1968 (Lanesville)! I would however only recommend watching you small pets closely and remember a lease will likely limit defense actions a small dog may take as it limits potential for escape and mobility of the small dog.



  • So, sorry sorry for this little dog. New dog tethering laws were put in place last last year that are intended to prevent occurrences like this that could easily have been done by another dog.


  • So very sad. You can’t leave your dog out alone. Everyone should know that by now. Maybe pepper spray might help!


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