Where Are the Coyotes in Newton?
A handy online tool helps residents report coyote sightings in Newton and find out the location of past sightings.
When it comes to coyote hangouts, it seems West Newton is the place to be.
According to an interactive map on the city's website, the majority of coyote sightings in Newton occur in the neighborhoods of West Newton and Auburndale.
The map, which has sightings spanning from January 2012 to this week, shows more than 30 coyote sightings between Auburndale Avenue and Derby Street.
The online tool also helps residents report coyote sightings from their home computer. Residents simply enter their name, email address, time and location of the sighting and the information is added to the map as well as a list of recent sightings.
The sightings are then reported to the city's Animal Control staff, giving officials a better idea as to where and when coyotes are seen in Newton.
Although the majority of the reported sightings seem to land in the West Newton/Auburndale area, the map shows coyote reports throughout the city.
In just the last few days, sightings were reported on Derby Street (Dec. 10), Quinobequin Road (Dec. 9), Rokeby Road (Dec. 9), Kendall Road (Dec. 4), Parker Avenue (Dec. 4) and Beacon Street in Chestnut Hill (Dec. 1).
There has been growing concern among residents about the coyote population in Newton, especially after reports of coyotes attacking pets.
To help educate the residents about the wildlife population in Newton -- including crazed Turkeys -- the Newton Police Department has partnered with state wildlife experts to hold community meetings and information sessions, the most recent of which was held last month.
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