Chickens Make Tasty Coyote Snacks
A Saugus, Massachusetts resident might lose his chicken coop after calling police when a coyote "feasted" on 10 of his chickens. It was a grisly scene for the responding officer, Canine Control Officer Harold Young. The coop had been left open and the fowl had been searching for food, when a coyote visited. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters, and if there is an easy meal such as chickens, they will return. After Young left, the resident called again to report that the coyote was back. Young told the resident to clean up the birds or the coyote would just keep coming back. “Their wildlife habitat is being disrupted and they have nowhere to go,” Young said.
The day after the resident called to report the coyote attack he went to Town Hall to get a permit to keep the chicken coop. Given the dense residential location it's more likely he will be getting an order to remove the chickens from the property.
Board of Health bylaws mandate that no person shall keep poultry within 50 feet of a residence nor within 15 feet of an adjoining plot line. From The Herald News.