Experts eye coyotes in Westchester missing dog cases

Animal experts are eying coyotes as the possible culprits in the case of two missing dogs in Westchester.

Police believe dogs belonging to singer-actress Vanessa Williams and New York Post publisher Ken Chandler may have been taken by coyotes rather than people. However, investigators have been unable to rule out theft. Williams' dog disappeared from her Chappaqua home and Chandler's dog vanished after getting off its leash in Yorktown.

While coyotes are usually associated with the Wild West, they're increasingly showing up in suburban areas, according to Cornell University coyote researchers. Experts advise residents to take actions to avoid having their animals taken.

"If the coyote looks very focused and is approaching your dog and not really looking at anyone else, try to make a lot of loud noise so they realize that there's a human there too and hopefully they'll run away," researcher Dan Bogan said.

Related information:New York Suburban Coyote Study

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