Coyotes are not to be messed with as they tend to harbor rabies. They can and do show up anywhere, and do not show fear of humans, only wariness. This happened a short ways up the road from me, a bit farther away than OP.
Yeah, I thought that going after it with a broom was ballsy yet ill advised.
I'm glad she had a quick reacting and observant family member near by.
I live in the Country (Texas) and we have a coyote problem here too. Course having a dozen chickens compounds the issue for us.
So far I have had to shoot at least one a year. I keep a shotgun with magnum pheasant loads near the back door for just such an occasion. And I carry a concealed 9MM with laser sighting at all times.
So far I've put down 6 with a firearm and one with a fast moving Dodge!
A Coyote is nothing to be shaking a broom at. Their teeth on your arm is like a touching a blender. If they are hungry they will attack anything living. Be it man, woman, child, pet or barn yard animal. I can hear them howling at night in the tree line while sitting on my porch.
I had heard there were more coyotes being spotted in the Brevard County area, but I have never seen one myself. I've seen bobcats, racoons, hogs, deer, foxes, gators and snakes (of course) and a Florida Panther once playing golf at what wasn't that heavily of a wooded area. Just shows that even these small pockets of wooded areas contain a variety of critters.
That attack was serious.
She's only in stable condition.
Good on her daughter for stopping further hostilities.
I live out in what use to be the country but all the farms are going faster than you can believe. Up the street a ways from us and around the corner is a trailer park. I saw one walking right through there like it owned the place. I have a fenced in back yard but I worry the darn things will jump over my fence and come after my 11 and 15 pound shih tzu's.
Dependent on the height of the fence, that is a reasonable concern. They are not alone out there at night are they?Quote:
jump over my fence and come after my 11 and 15 pound shih tzu's
I keep my 40-80 pound dogs in after dark due to coyotes and mountain lions.
It turns out as I expected. It was rabid.
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