NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- In the wake of a series of coyote attacks in Chappaqua resulting in two dogs being killed and two more being injured during the spring, the Town of New Castle is considering the possibility of hiring an animal control warden.
Last year, the Town Board unanimously adopted a coyote response plan that recommends a measured, balanced approach to coyote encounters.
The plan, which has been praised as a model for communities across the country by the Humane Society, designates trapping as a last resort – but an option nonetheless – to deal with an aggressive and dangerous animal.
Such decisions, however, are handled exclusively by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As a result of the recent attacks, the Town Board is considering moving ahead with a recommendation in the response plan to hire a park ranger/animal control warden to serve as a liaison with the DEC.
The warden also would serve as a resource for residents with respect to wildlife encounters and questions.
To read the town’s coyote response plan, which includes information on keeping pets safe, click here .
To read the Daily Voice’s previous coverage of the coyote attacks, click here .
Additional questions concerning coyotes in New Castle can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free coyote air horns are available at the New Castle Police Department.