Coyote attack in Kent, Washington

Those buggers are bold.

Kent man attacked by coyotes in his own backyard |KOMO News.

A local man was attacked by coyotes in his own backyard and spent most of Friday night in the emergency room.

Now he is now warning others to be on the lookout – and he’s especially worried for pets and children in the area.

Aggressive wild animals are very dangerous when they consider human habitation areas to be a good source of food. The article notes they eat fruit (didn’t know that) which is gone this time of year and they are hungry. Why would they attack the man? Were they after the dog?

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  3 comments for “Coyote attack in Kent, Washington

  1. jeff line
    January 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Rabies is a four shot protocols, the shot count makes me question this story. Is anything else dramatized?

  2. Bobbi Snow
    January 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Coyotes RARELY come after people, but since the fruit is non-existent this time of year, perhaps the dog was an enticement. The exception to this is rabies, and unless the entire pack was infected, it was probably hunger desperation. I live in a coyote area, and they will snatch a small dog on or off a leash even when a human is close by, but I’ve never known of one to come after a human with one exception – a tiny 2-year-old girl playing at the edge of a park near trees, at sunset. (What were her parents thinking?!) Most coyotes are far more afraid of humans than we are of them. However, if coyote puppies are fed by humans, they (like every other animal) tend to expect it, and that puts the animals in harm’s way when they grow up. They need to fear humans, because we are the ones who carry cross bows and firearms. I hope the gentleman recovers, and that he will keep his pet in when it’s close to sundown or around sun-up. By the way, yes – some dogs, some cats, and most coyotes and wolves will eat fruit and berries. We had a German Shepherd who used to bring us apricots & peaches to peel for him. In the Southwest, they also love any avocados they can find. Too many avocados will make dogs overweight, but coyotes, wolves and foxes are always on the move, so they don’t ever appear to sustain a weight problem.

  3. D. Walker
    January 11, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    A factoid I picked up from somewhere is that Coyotes will sometimes lure people’s pets into the forest and kill and eat them by bringing a female in heat around. Poor Rover thinks … well you know… and trots off naively into the woods and suddenly he finds himself being ripped to pieces. Very sad. Luckily, I’m pretty sure that there are no coyotes inside the city limits here in S.W. Ohio where I live. There have been numerous incidents in the general vicinity, though. If people live near heavily wooded areas in the suburbs they should exercise extreme caution.

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