Coyotes Attack Man In Washington; Safety Tips To Avoid A Vicious Attack
Coyotes attacked a man walking his dog on Friday, leaving him beaten and scarred. Faron Scarberry, the man attacked by coyotes, said he was walking his puggle around his neighborhood and nearby school when he was ambushed by three coyotes.
"They were coming around the bush and I guess they were going after my puggle." Scarberry said, according to KPAX-TV.
The coyotes attacked the man with little to no warning, making Scarberry weary of how many may be out there.
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"One of them lunged up towards me and I kind of pushed it away with my hand and its front claws scratched my hand and wrist," Scarberry said. "Then one of the grabbed me by the pant leg and started shaking my leg so I just started kicking and hitting at them to get them off of me and they ran back under the fence."
The coyote attack left Faron Scarberry with bruised knuckles, and several cuts and scrapes. He also needed 26 shots to ward off rabies. Although Faron Scarberry and his dog survived, he wants to get the word out that coyotes that attack man are in the neighborhood.
"The elementary school is right at the back of our property and the kids walk here to and from school," Scarberry said, according to Fox8. "I don't want any of the kids to get hurt."
Wildlife experts said coyote attacks become more frequent this time of year, and that small animals make a great treat for the coyotes.
"They rely heavily on fruit," Sgt. Kim Chandler of the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife said, according to the Inquisitr. "All the fruit is gone now, so they're now in scavenging mode - cats, little dogs are a treat, and they'll eat them."
The coyotes who attacked the man have attacked before. Claudia Johnson, who lives nearby, said the coyotes who attacked the man walking his dog also attacked her cat last year.
"We kept our animals in for quite some time after that," Johnson said, according to KPAX-TV.
Coyote attacks can be deadly, and preventing them from coming into your yard in the first place is key to preventing an attack. So how can you prevent a coyote attack? Dennis Schain, DEP spokesman, said your best bet is to keep food away from them.
"We advise people to take care not to have small dogs and cats running loose, to take in bird feeders and to make sure there are no sources of food in their yard," he told the Greenwich Times.
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