Letting the family dogs outside has become a major challenge. The coyotes — “very smart,” Grady notes — have stolen dog toys and left them nearby on the edge of the property, perhaps a lure to draw the dogs into an ambush for the coyotes to pounce, Grady suspects. There are also concerns about a little pet pony in the neighborhood that the coyotes have been studying, she said.
The noise at night can be bloodcurdling.
“I wouldn’t even mind the noise, if that’s all it was. But they’re out there all the time,” the homeowner said. Her kids, and her pets, are unable to use the yard.
Grady has been in contact with town and state wildlife officials — “very helpful,” she remarked — but there appears to be only one solution that has been offered: trapping the animals and then killing them. State conservation officials told her she’d have to fill out the proper forms and hire a licensed trapper. The animals would be put down once they were trapped.
It’s a solution that Grady, a vegetarian and dog-lover, finds unacceptable.
Though she despises what the coyotes have done to her family, and unleashes obscenities at them whenever she can, she can’t bear the thought of killing them.
“They’re like dogs, and so beautiful,” she said. “There has to be a better solution. I’m receptive to anything.”
Connecticut has an open season on coyotes: all year, no limit. Taking just one of them out — I'd use a .223 elsewhere, but in Greenwich, depending on the size of the lot, a shotgun will have to do, which is no problem — would probably end the matter, but killing all three would definitely do so. Instead, the poor vegetarian prefers to let them bedevil her, her family, and her pets, and continue to eat cute little deer. Sorry, lady, but I suggest that you just stay inside, gnaw on a carrot, and reflect on the beauty of all creatures great and small.