Madison Police Officer Tom Bull presented an overview (PDF) of the habits, range, description, history and interesting facts related to the Eastern coyote (Canis latrans) which is indigenous to Connecticut to the Board of Selectmen on April 23, 2012. Officer Bull was formerly a sergeant with the Department of Environmental Protection and served as its Hammonasset State Park Conservation Officer.
Madison has experienced numerous sightings of Eastern coyotes recently, especially during the spring when their young have been born and the parents are hunting for food. Unsupervised pets, particularly outdoor cats and small dogs (less than 25 lbs) are vulnerable to coyote attacks. More information can be found on the website of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.