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Wall Street Journal Covers Chappaqua Coyote Controversy

The question of trapping and euthanizing coyotes is central to the dispute in Chappaqua.
The question of trapping and euthanizing coyotes is central to the dispute in Chappaqua. Photo Credit: File
Coyotes are larger than foxes but smaller than wolves.
Coyotes are larger than foxes but smaller than wolves. Photo Credit: wolpark.org

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- A controversy is brewing in Chappaqua about whether to trap or not trap coyotes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The disagreements are related to the decision by a local housing development to recruit a trapper after a coyote attacked a dog, said the Journal report.

The question of trapping and euthanizing coyotes is central to the dispute in New Castle hamlet, according to the Journal.

One side of the issue agrees trapping should be done in cases where the animal "is rabid or attacks" someone without provocation, and be done on a "case-by-case basis" in other situations, the newspaper reported.

Others say coyotes when they attack pets should be trapped and trapping should be "mandatory" when the animals target people, said the Journal report.

New Castle has created a response to coyote plan relevant to spaces that are public, said the newspaper.

An animal-control officer will be hired by New Castle, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Two days after New Castle Police issued an advisory about two attacks by coyotes on dogs, including an incident in town in which a dog was killed, a pack of coyotes was spotted Saturday morning on Winthrop Road, according to a report by CBS New York.

There were three coyotes on the front yard of a house and two more in the backyard, the report said.

To view the CBS New York report, click here.

The first of two incidents in New Castle involving coyotes and dogs occurred May 18 when a small dog was attacked by a coyote on Random Farms Drive at about 7:30 a.m., police said.

While the dog owner was walking the dog, the dog ran slightly ahead and the owner lost visual contact around a turn in the path, police said. The owner came around the turn and saw a coyote attacking the dog. When the owner approached, the coyote dropped the dog. The dog was treated by a veterinarian for injuries and will survive, according to police.

A 38-pound dog was attacked and killed on Kipp Street by one or more coyotes on May 27 at about 7 a.m., police said. The dog was 12 years old and had always used the yard without incident, police said. Homeowners report that they had not seen any coyote activity in the area prior to the attack. Since the incident several coyotes have been observed in the wooded area near the home, according to police.

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal report.

Click here to read coverage on the coyotes on the Daily Voice.

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