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Have You Spotted Coyotes Around Wilmington?

A Wilmington Patch reader described a coyote in town as aggressive, and in North Reading police said a coyote attacked a resident's dog.

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Patch File Photo
People aren't the only ones residing in Wilmington. Some residents have four legs and fur.

One Wilmington Patch reader spotted a coyote she described as "aggressive" recently, while in North Reading police are warning the town's residents to be on the lookout for coyotes after one reportedly attacked a dog.

In a Town Square post on Wilmington Patch, Stace894 wrote that there is a mother coyote with pups living in the woods by the bog between Elwood and Congress Street, a neighborhood in the area of Forest Street.

"Has been aggressive with humans and had to be chased off," she wrote.

Not far from Wilmington in North Reading, police said a dog suffered minor injuries to its rear legs when it was attacked by a dog on Tuesday. The owner stepped in to thwart the attack, and bring the dog inside.

Mass Wildlife offers these tips to keep your property less attractive to coyotes:
  • Secure your garbage
  • Don’t feed or try to pet coyotes
  • Keep your pets safe
  • Keep bird feeder areas clean
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds
  • Don’t let coyotes intimidate you
  • Cut back brushy edges in your yard
  • Protect livestock and produce
  • Educate your neighbors
If you have troubles with coyotes in Wilmington, you can contact the Wilmington Police Department at (978) 658-5071 and ask for Animal Control Officer Ellen Sawyer.

Have you spotted a coyote in Wilmington? Let us know where and when in the comments section below.
Kathy B July 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Is that the correct number to WPD ? Thought it may be 658, instead of 659. Just wondering.
Matt Schooley July 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM
You are correct, Kathy! Apologies.
Kathy B July 10, 2014 at 03:12 PM
no worries, just would not have wanted to be the family that had the 659 number. Possibly getting calls in middle of night, Thanks

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