Hikers, watch your pets... and watch your backs.
Two of the 's nature preserves— the Taylor Woods/Thorp Preserve and the Tall Pines Preserve — are reportedly closed due to the presence of "aggressive" coyotes.
According to a report in the Weston Forum, the parks were closed Friday following reports from hikers that coyotes were following them as they walked along the trails. One Weston resident was reportedly followed by a den of coyotes as she walked with her two dogs.
Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper told the Forum that “no attacks have been reported, but increasingly aggressive behavior has been observed.”
The town reportedly contacted the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to get recommendations. In an updated report on the Forum website, DEEP wildlife biologist Jason Hawley said it was a good idea to shut down the preserves for a week or two, until the den "moves on." However he said he didn't think the coyotes posed an "imminent threat."
Coyote sightings are becoming more common in Fairfield County, in addition there is a , as the jackals adapt to suburban environs and become more accustomed to being around people. About three weeks ago that had wandered into a resident's yard.
For more, check out the updated Weston Forum report.