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When's the Last Time You Saw (or Heard) a Coyote in Arlington?

And where was it? Let us know by posting a comment below.

The Arlington Land Trust’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, is all about coexisting with coyotes (see below), which got us thinking:

When’s the last time you saw (or heard) a coyote in Arlington? And where was it? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Event details

Arlington Land Trust Annual Meeting

Free, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, Arlington Senior Center

John Maguranis, Belmont's animal control officer, will talk about coyote behavior and how we can learn to coexist with these intriguing animals.

The following is from the Arlington Land Trust.

Arlington Land Trust Meeting Explores Coexisting with Coyotes

Coyotes, or sometimes just their tracks, have been spotted throughout our region, including on Elizabeth Island when Spy Pond is frozen over.

At the Arlington Land Trust (ALT) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 29, guest speaker John Maguranis, the animal control officer of Belmont, will share his expertise about coyote behavior and how we can learn to coexist with these intriguing animals. ALT members and other guests are welcome to attend this free lecture at 7:00 pm at the Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington.

Maguranis is also the Massachusetts representative to Project Coyote (www.projectcoyote.org), a national organization that promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes. Its goals include championing progressive management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict, supporting innovative scientific research, and fostering respect for and understanding of America's native wild "song dog."

John Maguranis served as a U.S.Army veterinary technician for more than 20 years, caring for a wide range of animals from bald eagles to bison. Upon retiring from the Army, he put his veterinary skills to work for wildlife in Massachusetts. He quickly recognized the unfair press regarding coyotes and started a campaign to educate the community about why coyotes matter ecologically and why they deserve respect and appreciation.

He has made hundreds of presentations about living with coyotes, empowering communities, nonprofit organizations, and other local animal control officers with the tools, information, and resources they need to coexist. He has worked collaboratively with many organizations and researchers throughout New England on policy-related issues and field research while advocating for better treatment of coyotes and all wildlife.

If you are interested in open space and land conservation issues, please join the Land Trust to learn more about efforts to protect and maintain our natural resources in Arlington and the surrounding region. Land Trust president Clarissa Rowe and other members of the board of directors will report on the group’s activities over the past year and its goals for the future.

For more information, contact the Arlington Land Trust at info@arlingtonlandtrust.org.

Mel P January 17, 2013 at 06:43 PM
They are always at McClennen park early mornings when walking my dog.
Tim January 17, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I saw a Fat Rat on Hathaway Circle.....
Old Lady January 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
The last time, I saw a cyote was about three years ago.
Alicia January 18, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I saw a red fox last summer. no Cyotes :(
Peter January 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM
I saw one going North on Old Middlesex Path 1pm on 1/10/13.
GP January 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM
My yard, which abuts Menotomy Rocks Park. Two in the last two months
Emily Cahan January 28, 2013 at 01:04 PM
At Menotomy Rocks Park a couple of months ago I saw a very spunky miniature poodle mix chasing a coyote in the woods. The little pooch of course looked as though he were gong 100 mph. Happily, the coyote simply loped around and paid no attention to his little follower. Mid to late afternoon.
Wind Dummy 25 January 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Two good sized healthy looking adult males at Poets field doing the coyote quick shuffle a few days ago heading westbound.
Tim January 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I saw a Fat Skunk on Hathaway circle
Donna January 29, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Sadly, we watched a coyote get hit badly by a car on Mystic Valley Parkway last weekend. It was around 10:45 PM, very dark, and the coyote ran out in front of us and the oncoming car hit it. At first we weren't sure if it was a dog or not, so we stopped and backed up. THe car that hit it did not stop although the car had extensive bumper damage from what was left in the middle of the street. The coyote was still alive and while they are a nuisance to our community, it was very sad to watch it suffer, trying so desperately to get up and out of the middle of the street. We called it into police and stood watch until they arrived so other cars would not run it over. Just very very sad - we have seen coyotes in our back yard running along the brook that is just behind our property in the Turkey Hill section of town.
Tim January 29, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Sorry to hear about it . Hope the car wasn't too damaged .. Well it was sad that it got hit , but would it be sad it it attacked a kid ?
John February 09, 2013 at 02:33 PM
We were awakened by coyotes singing/yowling/baying in McClennan Park (near Berkeley St side) at around 3am on Thursday, Feb. 7th. They sounded like a pack, but, looking out a window, we were able to make out two dog-like shapes moving in the park. We have seen them before, but not in a few years.
Mlle March 11, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Saw a coyote running down the center of Gray St at 8:50 am Sunday morning 3/10/13. It then ran down Churchill toward Mass Ave. He was really moving fast.

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