Search Continues for Coyote

Gregory Vellner

A week after reports of a coyote roaming parts of Bucks County, PA and killing a pet dog, the search continues today by police and state Game Commission for an animal the Commission says stirs as much “interest and emotion” as any other animal.

Authorities in Northampton Township and nearby Langhorne Borough, where an Eastern coyote was spotted several times in recent days, reported no new sightings or any incident like the backyard dog killrf in Northampton Township suspected by the pet owner of being caused by the wild animal.

Additional sightings have not been reported, according to Andrew DiSalvo, wildlife veterinarian, state Game Commission, but the department’s Southeast Regional Office now is monitoring the situation.

“They are aware of it,” he said today.

A Northampton Township homeowner recently reported the family’s pet dog was killed in the backyard by, she said, a coyote. That report, however, cannot be verified, said township police Chief Steven LeCompte.

Police and Game Commission personnel have an eye out for the coyote that could be moving about alone searching for food, he said. Sightings have been reported in the area of East Holland Road and Bridgetown Pike, as well as Vermeer Road. A police spokesperson today said there have been no new sightings.

The most recent sighting was in Langhorne Borough’s East Ridge development.

DiSalvo said residents should not approach the animal.

“Seeing a coyote or hearing the howl of this wild, wily animal is a great reward of nature to many people,” he said. “Others fear this animal just knowing it is in the wild. Some sportsmen dislike coyotes because they think the predator kills too many game animals. The coyote has been referred to as the bush wolf, prairie wolf, coy-dog and eastern coyote.”

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