SIMSBURY, CT (WFSB) -- The town of Simsbury is working to manage its coyote population.

Residents and environmental officials are gathering on Wednesday.

The Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection discussed ways to keep family pets safe, while encouraging residents to not feed wild animals during the meeting. 

There was standing room only at the Simsbury Public Library as the audience was eager to learn about coyotes. 

Simsbury resident Tara Olszewski doesn’t take chances with her precious dog at night.

“Pretty much, always making sure I have a flashlight when I go outside and kind of banging it around a little bit as I go around in the dark area,” she said.

She knows her dog would make the perfect snack for a coyote, and the animal control officer in town hears those kinds of stories all too often.

“They are getting a little more brazen, a little more human habituated and food conditioned,” said Simsbury Animal Control Officer Mark Rudewicz.

He said it’s important to highlight issues that come with feeding wildlife, saying it’s bad all around.

“I always say this -- a fed animal, is a dead animal, as far as wildlife,” Rudewicz said.

Feeding the coyotes also bring the animals closer to homes and become fearless of the human lifestyle. 

"So, the Board of Selectman have asked the subcommittee to develop a draft ordinance that would provide some kind of penalties for feeding wild animals," said Eric Wellman, Simsbury First Selectman. 

Right now, there is no ordinance on the books when it comes to feeding wild animals.

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