Westonites need to be on their toes in the coming weeks. Keep eyes peeled and be hyper aware of surroundings. Three dangers in particular may be lurking in your neighborhood: coyotes, mosquitoes, and you.
Coyotes living on Aspetuck Land Trust properties in the Fanton Hill area have been acting strangely, following people and trying to bait dogs into confrontations. There have been no injuries, but some pretty good scares.
The land trust, in conjunction with the animal control officer, has wisely closed the properties to the public until the coyotes move on — which they will likely do as their pups get older. There is no need to stay indoors or to panic, but pedestrians in the area and throughout town, especially those with dogs, should be on the lookout; be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Be aware, too, that West Nile virus has officially arrived in Weston. There are no reported human cases — most people will show no symptoms — but mosquitoes trapped here have tested positive.
Most people will show no symptoms even if they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Some will experience mild flu-like symptoms like fever, fatigue, muscle soreness and headache. But for a few, especially older people and those with compromised immune systems, the symptoms can be severe to life-threatening.
Take precautions to minimize exposure to mosquitoes. Consider bug spray when you have to be outside. And, look around your house and yard and remove standing water (gutters, birdbaths, kiddie pools, wheel barrows, etc.)
With the dawning of a new school year, the other danger that is roaming your neighborhood every morning and afternoon is you — the driver on Weston roads.
Kids are at bus stops and traffic is inevitably snarled throughout town by constantly stopping and starting school buses just when many people are trying to get to work.
Please remember that whatever appointment for which you may be running late is never as important as the safety of the children. Take a deep breath, keep the cell phone out of reach, slow down, and obey the rules of the road.
Be on the lookout the next few weeks for the dangers that are present — but avoidable — in your neighborhood.