Wellesley Town Offices
Current Pet or Wildlife Concern
Coyotes (and Fisher) are always around.

The coyote and fisher parents are kicking out the teenagers to hunt on their own.  Like every late summer. we are receiving more calls for lost pets, especially cats.  We have found an increase in deceased cats killed and eaten by coyotes or fisher.  To protect your pet, keep them inside.  If they go out (especially small pets) they need direct supervision to keep them safe.

Some people assume a cat will climb a tree, but that is not an escape route from a fisher which is an excellent climber.

  Wildlife do become more active at certain times of the year.  In the spring when the parents are hunting to feed their young and (now) late summer as the teenagers start going out on their own and again in the fall as they prepare for winter.  

Coyotes are tall and lean and so able to jump fences with ease.  Unfortunately, recently, one jumped into a yard and ran off with and killed a small dachshund.  I encourage people to look before letting their pet out, even in a fenced yard, to be sure no wildlife is cutting through the yard.  I recently had my own dog find an opossum balancing on the top of the fence.  Owners presence can deter wildlife especially coyotes.  Even when a coyote has grabbed a pet the owners presence and response to yell and run toward them has caused the coyote to drop the pet so the owners could take it to the veterinarian for treatment and recovery. Those people who were inside the house were not fast enough to get outside to rescue their pet.

Assume wildlife is always around, but know they want to avoid you as much as you don't want them interacting with yourself.  If a wild animal is acting like a pet, begging for food- that is a red flag.  If it is attacking inanimate objects like car tires or a branch blowing in the breeze - another red flag and we want to know about it so we can remove that animal before it hurts a pet, person or passes the disease onto other wildlife.

ACO Sue Webb  781-235- 8460  or for immediate dispatch 781-235-1212