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Animal Control Corner

Weston's Animal Control Officer, Rachel Hoffman, will be posting helpful tips, FAQs, and other items of interest regarding Weston's wildlife, farm animals, and house pets. Comments and questions are encouraged. At the end of each post, a comment box appears. Residents will need to sign in with an email address before submitting the comment.

Please note, this is a moderated blog by the webmaster, which means comments will not be available immediately after submitting. 

Residents who are seeking an option to comment or ask questions privately may contact the ACO via email at hoffman.r [at] westonmass.org. Residents who want to make a report, complaint, etc. should call the Weston Police Department at 781-786-6201 and not post a comment here.

Jul 27

Not Having a Poop Bag Can Cost You

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 2:12 PM by Kara Fleming

If you’ve ever walked the conservation trails in Weston, you may have noticed something rather unpleasant. While dogs are roaming and enjoying the great outdoors, they are also doing their business in the woods, in the fields, on the trailside and even on the trails. 

Dog waste contains millions of coliform bacteria, can attract rodents, and pollute our water systems. Not picking it up is also against the law! 

Trail users must observe the carry in-carry out doctrine that governs our conservation lands and this summer, users can expect to be asked if they have a cleanup bag on hand by our uniformed Animal Control Officer.  



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Jun 29

How to Deal with a Bold Coyote

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 11:45 AM by Kara Fleming

Although it is a rare occurrence to encounter a bold coyote, it can occur in spring to early summer during "Pupping Season." In the event of a coyote encounter while on Weston's trails,
it is important to think through the actions that should be taken to prevent an escalation, so know what you are observing. There are several measures that have proven to be useful for people when they happen upon a bold coyote. 

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Jun 29

Ticks...The Downside to Summer

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM by Kara Fleming

Summer is a time for barbecues, swimming pools, and blue skies…but there is a downside, too – ticks! Precautions should be taken to prevent bites to yourself and your pets while enjoying the great outdoors. This post offers a few tips.

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