384393 07: A coyote searches for food among the snow-covered rocks of Joshua Tree National Monument, January 28, 2000, as a storm moves out of southern California leaving skies of blue. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

Yikes! Growing up in Medford and close to the Middlesex Fells, I was used to seeing raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and an occasional toad. Coyotes? NEVER!!

Well. that has changed. Medford, not  unlike a lot of towns, has a healthy coyote population. We even have some deer. Most of the time, they’re seen near wooded areas between West Medford and North Medford, which abut the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

Well, in the last few days, a coyote was spotted approaching a man who appeared to be an employee carrying two trash bags. The coyote walks toward the man as he exits the building and again in the parking lot, before running off. There are not, however, any woods nearby. There IS a steady food supply and apparently this wily coyote has realized hanging around Wendy’s requires less work than more tradition hunting and eating methods!

Keep you small children and pets inside!

According to www.mass.gov, if you hear a coyote  howling:

  • They’re telling non-family members to stay out of their territory.
  • They’re locating their family members within their territory.
  • They’re advertising for a mate during breeding season.
  • Pups practice howling and can be especially vocal in late summer as they attempt to mimic their parents.
  • When there is a potential threat towards the pups, adult coyotes will scatter and howl in order to distract the threat away from the den site.

Some tips to keep coyotes away from your property!

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