Everyone knows that small pets can be at risk for coyote attacks. But, CBS New York reports that a coyote attacked three large dogs, in addition to one small dog, in Stamford, Conn., last week. Luckily, all of the dogs escaped with minor cuts and scratches.
“This is very odd, because three of the dogs — a shepherd mix, a golden retriever and a German short-haired pointer – are all obviously much larger than this coyote,” said Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin.
At least one coyote has been spotted living and hunting family dogs close to homes.
Stamford resident Karen Hart, said, “There was something following (my dog); chasing her.”
Hart snapped a photo of her 2-year-old shepherd mix, named Kylie, running from the coyote.
“She got into the house and I slammed the door just as the coyote was approaching the front door,” Hart said.
Police said coyote attacks have increased this winter because of the extremely harsh weather conditions. In fact, coyotes have been found living under people’s decks.
Stamford resident Judy Klym said, “This one was right under me with my deck, and when animal control came out here, they said that he was making a home."
Klym heard the yelps of her dog under attack and jumped in to help.
“I ran out there, and made enough noise to have them break and grabbed Bricksy and brought him inside,” Klym said.
Since the attacks, police have been warning pet owners to keep watch on their dogs. They have also warned homeowners to keep a look out for coyotes denning on their property.
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Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.