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Coyote Warning Issued After 4 Surround Woman, Dog, Southborough Police Say

Police remind residents not to leave toddlers or pets outside without adult supervision

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Police in Southborough, Massachusetts, issued a coyote warning Monday after aggressive coyote behavior was reported to them.

A woman who lives on Asaree Drive reported that she and her dog, an 85-pound Shepherd mix, were surrounded by four coyotes on Sunday night while the two were in their backyard, police said.

Ian O’Reilly of Kensington, New Hampshire, describes a coyote attack on his family Monday morning as he, his wife and three young kids went for a family walk in nearby Exeter.

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The coyotes were not intimidated by either the woman or her dog and began to form a pack around them, according to police. The animals were chased off with a broom by the woman’s husband.

Police reminded Southborough residents not to leave toddlers or pets outside without adult supervision. According to their warning, coyotes have been known to attack or take away small dogs and cats even from fenced-in areas.

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