Raggie’s still learning the ropes on sit and stay, but keeping her owner, Tim Moore safe comes naturally.
“I was picking up tomatoes in the garden, and I heard some growling and dogs barking,” said Moore. “There were three coyotes that had my dog down, and one of them had her head down and was chewing on her.”
That’s when Tim jumped into action.
“I took off running at them, screaming and yelling and trying to get them to let her go,” said Moore. “I finally ended up running them off, but they were pretty bold.”
Raggie made away with only a battle scar on her eye.
Although coyote attacks are rare, precautions can be taken to protect man, and man’s best friend alike.
“Take care of your pets, especially if they’re small animals,” said Micah Holmes with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We would recommend that you keep them in a safe environment around your yard.”
If you live in an area that seems to have a coyote problem, who you contact depends on exactly what is in danger.
“You can call a Nuisance Wildlife Control….basically pest control operators that are licensed by the Wildlife Department,” said Holmes. “If coyotes are hurting your livestock, if they’re eating your chickens or calves, the Department of Agriculture can help you with those issues.”
The Humane Society has some tips to keep coyotes at bay as well, such as cleaning up spilled bird seed, and all fallen fruit from the ground.
They also advise pet owners to not feed their pets outside. But if they must, they need to make sure any food bowls are brought back inside as soon as the animal is done eating.