Norwalk River Valley Trail re-opened after coyote incident

The Wilton Loop of the Norwalk River Valley Trail has been reopened, according to an announcement Tuesday, April 11, by Wilton police. The trail had been closed over the weekend following an incident involving a coyote and a dog.

In a press release, police thanked trail representatives for working closely with animal control officers to ensure the trail was safe for people and their pets.

“As coyotes have become more common in our area and occasionally prey on small pets, the police department recognizes public concerns about coyotes,” the release said, and it included a link where people may learn more about coyotes and tips for keeping pets safe:

A post on the trail’s Facebook page late Monday night said police had approved the trail’s reopening after the coyote’s presence was no longer detected. “Remember, however, that coyotes are common in our neck of the woods,” the post said and suggested people follow safety tips it had published earlier.

These include:

  • Know coyotes can be present any time;

  • When out with your dog, remain with it at all times;

  • Learn about coyote behavior and habits;

  • Know what food sources might attract a coyote to your neighborhood;

  • Alert local animal control officers to sightings and encounters.