Massachusetts cities, towns warn dog walkers to be careful after pet thefts by coyotes

Several Massachusetts communities are warning residents and dog walkers to beware of coyotes after a series of violent encounters.

Police in the city of Hopkinton, about 32 miles west of Boston, said a woman was walking her dogs Thursday when a coyote snatched one of the animals.

In Milford, not far from Hopkinton, a coyote took a dog named “Guido” off Pine Island Road Wednesday morning, animal control officials in that town said.

The incidents involving coyotes follow another encounter in which a coyote attacked a woman in Fall River, a city about 55 miles south of Boston, earlier in the week.

Residents of Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood complained earlier this month about seeing a coyote carrying the body of a small dog.

Authorities have warned several Massachusetts communities.Zachary Byer

Milford animal control officials said in a Facebook post that residents should be extra vigilant at dusk and dawn, which are optimal times to hunt coyotes.

Hopkinton police said in a statement that residents should consider bringing a cane.

They also said police “feel horrible that this happened to someone’s furry friend, they are family members and they are a tremendous loss when we lose them.”

Coyotes have become a growing nuisance in some urban and suburban Massachusetts communities in recent years.

The city of Nahant decided late last year to become the first in the state to contract with the federal government to kill the animals.

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