Some may have heard of the police report of a German Shepherd found dead on the Earthen Dam/Aquaduct at Callahan State Park.

It’s of interest to dog lovers, Callahan visitors and abutters to learn that the assumption that the Shepherd was killed by coyotes was premature and incorrect. An autopsy determined that the dog died of blunt force trauma (perhaps hit by a car) and that the coyotes then fed on the dead carcass.

Coyotes feed primarily on “what is prevalent and easy to find, scavenge, or catch and kill.” “A coyote diet includes white-tailed deer, rabbits, small mammals such as mice and voles, raccoons, groundhogs, birds, and any animal killed by other means, including those struck by a car and left near the road.

Here’s a link to the Framingham Patch article that also includes some tips for dealing with coyotes as suggested by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.