Recent coyote attacks on dogs in Wellesley, including at least one fatal encounter, have put residents on high alert.
We’ve received several emails this week from Swellesley readers asking about the recent incidents, including a fatal one on Parker Road (off Weston Road), where a small dog was reportedly attacked in its yard and dragged to its death nearby. We also had an inquiry about an attack near Rockridge Pond.
I also happened to see a large coyote dead on the side of Rte. 9 West on Wednesday in Natick, and Wellesley Animal Control Officer Sue Webb says she has seen more than the usual number of coyotes hit and killed trying to cross Rte. 9 this year.
In the past we’ve had numerous reports of attacks and coyote sightings during mating season early in the year. Coyotes have been seen all over town in recent years, including at Centennial Reservation, popular among dog walkers.
Webb recommends that dogs under 20 pounds always be accompanied by a person when outside, as coyotes won’t be kept out by electric fences and can jump physical ones that are 4-5-feet high..