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Animal Control Officer Reminds Residents of Wild Predators

A small dog was recently attacked and killed by an unknown animal in Chelmsford.

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The Chelmsford Animal Control Officer issued a warning recently for residents to be on aware of predators in the area that can be dangerous to family pets.

On Friday, the Chelmsford Police Department posted the message from the Animal Control Officer on its Facebook page.

"It is important that you keep an eye on your pets while outside your residence," the Animal Control Officer said. "We recently had a small dog attacked and killed by an unknown animal."

According to the Animal Control Officer, there are bears, coyotes, bobcats, fisher cats, and other domestic dogs that can be a threat to Chelmsford pets.

Anyone who wishes to report an incident or ask questions is encouraged to contact the Animal Control Officer at (978) 256-0754. After hours calls should be made to Chelmsford Police at (978) 256-2521.
Sayona May 01, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Bobcats can jump six foot fences with ease, they do hunt in broad daylight, and kill animals by grabbing them around the neck until they choke or bleed out from the puncture wounds. And dogs who are used to cats don't always sound the alarm about a bobcat. I know mine don't- they just watch bobcats walk by.
Mike Moskowitz May 02, 2014 at 09:19 AM
It would be helpful to know what animals are being seen and where. Is there a way to track this?
Vivian Merrill May 02, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Hi Mike, All of the above, and all over the place. The article does not mention foxes which are around, too. Bears in particular can have a territory of hundreds of miles if food is scarce. Please be aware your fences and landscaping mean nothing to a wild animal. The best defense is to secure your trash and keep an eye on your pet if you let them out loose. If a wild animal finds nothing of interest on your property, it will move on. Thank you.

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