Coyotes spotted around Trumbull

Trumbull resident Lynn Granata spotted a coyote walking on her street Monday.

"It was slowly walking up the road and stopped in front of my house and was going in the direction of my neighbor's dog," Granata said in an email. "I have never seen a coyote in my neighborhood. We warned our immediate neighbors as they all have young children and pets. It walked behind our house and went into a narrow strip of woods."

Steven Miller told The Times that he spotted what appears to be a coyote running across Route 111, near Home Depot, on Saturday, July 19.

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as coyotes have become more common, public concerns about coyotes attacking pets and people, especially children, have increased. Although some coyotes may exhibit bold behavior near people, DEEP says, the risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low. This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food.

Coyotes will attack and kill pets, especially cats and small dogs (less than 25 pounds). The best way to protect pets is to not allow them to run free, according to DEEP.

"Cats should be kept indoors, particularly at night, and small dogs should be on a leash and under close supervision at all times," DEEP says. "The installation of a kennel or coyote-proof fencing is a long-term solution for protecting pets. In addition, homeowners should eliminate other sources of attraction to coyotes including pet food left outdoors, table scraps on compost piles, and decaying fruit below fruit trees."

Coyotes resemble a small, lanky German Shepherd dog, according to the state, but have wide, pointed ears, a long muzzle, yellow eyes and a bushy tail, which is carried low to the ground.

If a person comes in contact with a coyote you can attempt to frighten it away by making loud noises and acting aggressively.