Animal Shelter Bulletin Board
Coyotes are not biologically nocturnal the way raccoons and skunks are. When cold weather hits the area their food sources become scarce and they are forced to hunt longer hours, essentially working overtime to attempt to stay alive. A large portion of the coyote population dies every winter and is replenished in the spring. Seeing a coyote out in the morning hours, especially during the winter, is not cause for alarm. Signs of a sick coyote are erratic behavior, such as walking in circles, falling over, and lying down in open areas for any extended period of time. If anyone has any concerns or questions they can call Animal Control at 781-575-6507.
The Animal Control Department has been receiving multiple calls regarding the presence of coyotes in Canton. Animal Control advises residents of Canton to keep their cats indoors and to not allow small dogs to remain outside for extended periods of unsupervised time. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife has provided the following information to help residents better understand coyotes.
The eastern coyote moved into the central and western regions of Massachusetts in the 1950s and now lives in every town in Massachusetts, except for those on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Therefore, almost all citizens in Massachusetts live in close proximity to coyotes. This phenomenon is not isolated to Massachusetts; coyotes are established throughout all of the United States.
Coyotes are naturally afraid of people and their presence alone is not a cause for concern. In the 50 years of coyotes residence in Massachusetts, there have been only three attacks on people by coyotes - two animals were rabid, the third was suspected to have been in the care of someone. Scare tactics such as banging pots and pans or other clanging objects, throwing things, and turning a hose on them can be effective. Yelling from inside a house or flashing lights or beeping a car horn is NOT effective. Itís your actual presence that makes them nervous. Scaring coyotes on a regular basis keeps them wary of people.
Coyotes are the size of a medium-size dog, but with longer, thicker fur. A coyote is typically 4-5 feet in length and ranges in color from grayish-black to blondes, light tan, dark tan, to red or even all black. Coyotes can attain weights of 50-60 lbs. Coyotes will feed on whatever is most readily available and easy to obtain. They will scavenge on animal remains, including road-kills, as well as garbage and pet food left outdoors. In suburban areas they prey upon unprotected pets, including outdoor house cats and domestic dogs. For this reason, it is recommended to keep all cats indoors and not leave small dogs outside unsupervised. It is also recommended that all trash be secured and that it is brought out the morning pickup is scheduled and not the previous night.
Please contact the Animal Control Department at 781-575-6507 if you have any further questions.
Canton Animal Control
Safety Tips for Winter Months from MEMA
Do not leave your pets outside when temperatures drops below freezing.
Wind-chill is a threat to pets, even those protected by shelters.
Pets who spend a greater amount of time outdoors in winter need more food.
For more information go to www.mass.gov/mema
JUST A REMINDER?
More and more I have seen people picking up after their dogs when they walk them. Unfortunately we have been receiving calls from aggravated residents who while mowing their lawns have had the unpleasant experience of stepping in ďbad stuff?nbsp; The leash may be attached to the dog but if the leash extends 15 ft. away from you onto other peoples property itís kind of a waste. Please remember the Golden Rule.
While it is nice to see people picking up after their dogs while walking them, please dispose of all waste in an appropriate manner. Do not dispose of dog waste by dropping it into catch basins, please bag it up and dispose of it with your trash. Thank you
Many times when we are called out at night it is difficult to locate an address because there are no street numbers on the house. The well being of your family could depend on public safety personnel being able to locate your home quickly. It would be best if the numbers were reflective and attached as near as possible to the street (mailbox, fence, tree). They are inexpensive and easily applied.
Having a pet is a wonderful antidote for loneliness. Pets offer unconditional love. Studies show that pets can aid relaxation, lower blood pressure, promote health, ease anxiety and stress and prolong life. Another benefit of pet ownership is that pets need you and never outgrow their need for you. If you live alone, pets offer the opportunity to give your attention and care to something other than yourself. There is medical evidence that proves the healing power of pets.
Dog Licenses can be purchased either at the Town Clerks Office, or you can license by mail. Another option is to simply include it in your census envelope. License fees for a spayed or neutered dog is $15. If the dog isnít spayed or neutered itís $20.
Pet safety Tips for
the Winter Months
Tips on Dealing with Wildlife