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Coyote Kills Puppy in Darien

The Suburban Life reports that a coyote killed a puppy in a residential area. Read Patch's coverage of where other coyotes have been spotted and how to keep your pets safe.

Coyote Kills Puppy in Darien

A coyote attacked and killed a Maltese puppy Wednesday night in Darien, according to Suburban Life. 

Darien resident Dan Shellstrom told Suburban Life that he let out the 6-year-old Harley in the back yard, and "I turned around and it sounded like a little girl screaming." 

“It's a bad situation and I just don't want anyone else to have to go through what we had,” Shelstrom told Suburban Life. “He was a part of our family.”

Read the full story on Suburban Life.

Tricia Shellstrom commented on a Patch article to share more about the story: 

 The coyote attacked my dog within 30 seconds of us letting our dog outside to use the bathroom. It was like it was waiting and knew our routine. Our yard is very lit with security lights and that didn't seem to matter. The coyote hid behind our deck waiting to pounce and when we scared it away it did not run, but rather walked confidently through our neighbors yard.

I was not aware of the coyote problem in Darien and my main focus now is to inform others in our area that this is a huge problem and one I feel should not be overlooked. I live near 67th and Bentley.

Coyotes typically come out more in residential areas during the colder months because their main food sources are in hibernation. 

Earlier this year we asked Darien Patch Facebook fans where they had spotted coyotes in the area. Other residents reported that their dogs were also fatally attacked. 

Read more: Where have Darien residents spotted coyotes? 

More stories:

  • Protect Your Pets from Coyotes
  • Wily Coyotes Experiencing a 'Boom Time' in Suburbia
  • Winterizing Your 4-Legged Family Members

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