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Reader Photo Feature: Has This Guy Been Lurking in Your Backyard?

Weston Patch reader Sanford Whitehouse submitted this photo, which got us wondering who else has had a coyote spotting lately.

There's nothing like looking into your back yard and spotting a ... stray dog?

No, wait a minute, that's a coyote.

Sanford Whitehouse had just such an experience recently and sent the quick photo he captured over to Patch.

Have you had such a sighting lately? Does Weston have a coyote problem? Leave your thoughts in the comments and, of course, upload your own photo if you have one.

We're always on the hunt for reader photos to feature on the site. Just upload them to the Community Gallery and you might see your image featured on the site someday soon.

Isabella Jancourtz March 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Just heard Cong. John Lewis interviewed by Krista Tippett in Montgomery, Alabama right after the Chief of Police publicly apologized for the savage beating Congressman Lewis (D.Georgia) received there as a young man marching for freedom and civil rights. To hear John talk with Krista about the power of love and non-violent resistance to injustice, about standing up and putting yourself on the line (he went to jail 40 times) and about the compassion and strength which comes from redemptive suffering was an awesome Easter morning experience. This conversation can be heard online, www.OnBeing.org. It is a powerful message for any day, but especially relevant on this day. Happy Easter to all. P.S. Could not find an Easter article to append this message to. Haven't seen a coyote in years, but hear them occasionally. They are not a problem. Neither are the deer.
David Hutcheson March 31, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Thank you to Sanford Whitehouse for the picture of the coyote in his yard here in Weston. A couple of years ago our Animal Control Officer, Dick Murray, in cooperation with our Conservation Commission, had a "coyote night" where a wildlife biologist helped us learn more about these animals and how to behave around them. My strong takeaway from that meeting was that we can appreciate seeing these animals, and value their role in nature, but that we are very unwise to befriend or encourage them. Coyotes habituated to humans cause trouble. It is best to discourage coyotes close to home with some shouting and body language showing them they are not welcome.
Sonia Zighelboim March 31, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Please….. One coyote sighting is not a "coyote problem" ….. Weston does NOT have a "coyote problem" or a "deer problem", we just live in a beautiful location, very close to nature. Be careful, the Conservation Commission may take this seriously and start shooting coyotes!
Isabella Jancourtz April 02, 2013 at 12:14 PM
We lost 2 cats last year and our neighbor lost one too. We don't blame the coyote. We blame the fisher cats which have been spotted in the area. Cats don't stand a chance against the fishers (which are weasels, not felines) because they can chase a cat right up a tree. Coyote sometimes go after small dogs and chickens, but our 3 free range chickens are doing just fine, strutting around fearlessly and laying 3 beautiful eggs a day. So we don't think there's a coyote problem around here.
Isabella Jancourtz April 02, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Frosty the Snowman has a melt-down. Hey, it's spring, when the only good snowman is a puddle, Frosty!

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