Is there a road runner in the area? Because there are a lot of coyote sightings these days.
Yes, coyotes are on the prowl in Massachusetts. But what should you do if you see one?
Not a lot of people know. And it’s getting a little scary out there.
A fifth-grade girl in Hingham was chased by a coyote while walking her dog before school Tueday, Oct 4.
“The coyotes are walking down the middle of the street. They’re walking by South Elementary School in the middle of the day,” Alison Fabella, who lives in Hingham, told Boston.com. She also has seen them at the bus stop and in her backyard.
Fabella said she was chased by a coyote when she was out walking her dog last week, Boston.com reported.
Meanwhile, several dogs have been attacked by coyotes in Cohasset.
On Aug. 27, two off-leash dogs were attacked by a group of seven coyotes. One of the dogs had to be put down because its injuries were so severe. That same day, a man and his two off-leash dogs were attacked by coyotes, sending the man to the hospital, according to Boston.com.
Then, on Sept. 29, a Cohasset Dachshund was nearly killed after a coyote jumped a four-foot fence to attack it.
So what does a coyote look like? I mean, they kind of look like dogs, right?
Well the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife described them like this:
“The eastern coyote resembles a medium-sized dog in body size and shape, but has longer, denser fur and pointed, erect ears. The tail is long, black-tipped, and bushy. A typical coat color is a grizzled gray but can vary from creamy blonde to red or nearly solid black. Weights for females are 33–40 pounds, while males typically weigh 34–47 pounds.”
“Coyotes often look heavier than they are because of their thick fur.” (Reminder to me: fur coats make you look chubs.)