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Police Log: Coyote in Resident's Backyard, Breaking and Entering

The following is from the Mansfield Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned they do not indicate convictions.

Mansfield Police Department. Patch File Photo.
Mansfield Police Department. Patch File Photo.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

At 11:42 a.m., a resident reported that his home was broken into sometime over the weekend and some money was stolen. 

Also at 11:42 a.m., a man reported that his rear plate was missing from his car. 

At 12:23 p.m., a resident reported that she noticed that a half bottle of medication was taken during a Thanksgiving party on a previous day.

At 8:44 p.m., police received a report of a fox in the area of the commuter rail lot but it later left the area. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

At 10:30 a.m., a caller reported a 50 to 55 pound coyote sitting in her backyard. 
BH December 12, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Again, why are people calling the police to report wildlife? You live on the earth, with other animals and bugs and beings and creatures. People have turned so urban, it's laughable.
HJ December 12, 2013 at 06:31 PM
BH, likely a helicopter mom that called them in worried the animals would break down their doors. Give the police credit, they didn't shoot the fox this time.
BH December 12, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Well that's my thinking. Police are just humans, but humans with guns. So what are these humans to do when they arrive and find a coyote or fox? They can do no more than the homeowner....or they could shoot them. I suspect that is the homeowners intent, what else could the police do? Sad
Mary Scialoia Ray December 13, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Sorry, but I think that the police, newspaper, anybody who sees a fox or coyote SHOULD report it to the public and please list the LOCATION. I know mothers with children/grandchildren want to be on watch for the SAFETY of the KIDS...
Dirk Diggler December 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM
There is no black and white and it all depends on the circumstances. We shouldn't be reporting every sighting of a coyote or a fox in this town. If that was the case, this is all police would be doing all day and night. I see foxes all the time and 99% of the time, they post no danger to anyone. Its actually a beautiful animal to watch. As for the case of the person reporting a coyote sitting in her yard at the 10:30 in morning, it should be noted. It could have been just resting, but usually coyotes and foxes too do most of roaming around at night, dusk and dawn. Rabies should always be in the back of anyone's mind but its rare and shouldn't be a reason to sound the alarm every time a four legged critter is spotted. Was the animal acting in an unusual manner? Do they look disoriented? Show signs of aggression? Rabies is really the only concern people should have for fearing foxes and coyotes, but that also goes the same for raccoons and skunks or even a feral cat. Everyone just needs to calm down.
Tina Mqs December 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM
well said, Dirk. Calling the cops is kindof useless, really. The critters roam a bit. What wouldn't hurt is an interactive coyote/fox/bear sighting thing, where people can click a map where they saw one. But it would be "outdated" within 5 minutes, you know? You just can't leave your pets and kids outside alone, is all. Unlike humans, the critters will usually make an effort to avoid us, unless we're between them and their babies or their dinner.
BH December 13, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Mary are you serious? Report every sighting of wildlife?? What a waste of time and resources. Guess how many deaths there have been due to coyotes in the U.S. ever..1. Talk about being terrified for no reason. Go about your lives and don't worry about wildlife that has been here longer than us.
HJ December 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I don't understand these people afraid of animals while they're inside their house. Coyotes/Foxes don't know they're trespassing and it's 15 degrees out. The animals probably want to sit in the sun a warm up a bit. It's called nature.
BH December 13, 2013 at 03:06 PM
It's terrified moms that have to protect their babies from the 1 coyote death that has EVER TAKEN PLACE IN THE U.S. Worry about your own business, find something better to do and leave these animals alone.
Randomansfield December 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Are we sure this wasn't a ghost fox? Might be time to send the paranormal investigators out these foX-Files

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