Coyotes spotted circling around chicken coop in Palmer

Palmer resident undecided on how to keep the coyotes away

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Four coyotes appeared in Scott Tourville’s yard in Palmer about 7 a.m. Wednesday. As soon as he chased the coyotes away from his chicken coop, he provided 22News with video of these predators stalking his rooster and hens.

Tourville told 22News that he didn’t want to hurt the coyotes, but he also wants to protect his birds. “I can either get rid of the chickens, which I don’t want to do, I like the eggs,” he explained, “or do more research, and see what options that I have. Maybe some repellent spray or scare ’em off. Something like that. You don’t want to kill ’em.”

But Tourville also takes into account his family’s safety. The coyotes could hurt his 2-year-old child. Tourville said when he moved to this isolated area, he realized these concerns come with the territory. “I like to see the deer out in the yard and everything,” he said. “I grew up near the highway, so we never got the wildlife we have here.”

Scott and his wife plan to consult with the experts at Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife before deciding what to do.