CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – With an increase of coyote sightings and attacks on dogs leaving Chappaqua residents uneasy, the Town of New Castle will host New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Furbearer Biologist Kevin Clarke Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center to talk about the Eastern Coyotes' intentions in Chappaqua.
“He’ll be able to give us information and answer everyone’s questions about coyotes,” said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski.
Paderewski had made a point of letting the public know there is only so much the town can do about coyotes, as all concerns pertaining to wildlife falls on the DEC.
“Coyotes are a serious matter,” she said in Wednesday night’s Town Board public meeting. “However, they are controlled by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—they are the authority concerning wildlife safety issues.”
Clarke should have no shortage of questions to answer, as recent coyotes incidences have many Chappaqua residents on edge.
“We’re very concerned about the over-abundance of coyotes, particularly the increased aggression toward pets and their lack of fear toward humans,” said Chappaqua resident Eileen Gallagher.
“In the last two weeks, we’ve had one dog carried off and at least two that were attacked. They’re not just in wooded areas anymore. People are afraid to be outside with their pets and small children.”
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