The number of complaints about coyotes in Brookline's parks, streets and roads has spiked this winter, police say.
The town received a total of 17 complaints about coyotes last year, but three of those came in December. The town has already received reports of the predators at five different locations in January.
The most recent complaint came Sunday morning when multiple people reported a coyote around Coolidge Park at Columbia and Kenwood streets, which is not far from Coolidge Corner.
Most of the recent complaints have been made in the North Brookline area, and in the past year about a dozen callers have reported a coyote walking in someone’s yard or along a street, police said.
Police described the number of coyote complaints a “marked increase,” but there have been no reports of aggression or violence by the animals. One person indicated that a coyote they spotted might be sick or have rabies, and in some instances a coyote has been seen eating an animal, police said.
Coyotes can be reported by calling the Brookline Police Dispatch Center at 617-730-2222 and the Massachusetts Environmental Police can be reached 24 hours a day at 800-632-8075.