Frisco Coyote Strikes for Fifth Time
(Reprinted from above link)
Local authorities are working to nab the creature, which has injured several residents, including a 9-year-old child.
It began on October 26, with the report of a coyote attempting to jump on a runner along a wooded road in Frisco, a city north of Dallas of almost 200,000 people. A passerby scared the animal off, according to a press release provided by the Frisco Police Department, and the runner escaped unharmed.
But then the same story repeated itself, again and again, for a total of five incidents between October 26 and December 17, all along the same two-mile stretch of Frisco’s Eldorado Parkway, all involving a single coyote aggressively approaching a single person or pair in the early morning hours.
In the second incident, on November 1, the coyote jumped on a 9-year-old child, who suffered a minor injury and was treated immediately after, the FPD said.
On November 11, a Frisco police officer driving along Eldorado Parkway noticed the animal stalking a person running along the side of the road. The officer cut across an intersection and scared the coyote off with the car’s siren, preventing another attack. The department later released a video of the incident taken by the officer’s dashboard camera.
Two weeks of quiet went by, until the most violent incident occurred on November 28. The coyote attacked a runner on the Eldorado Parkway sidewalk, leaving the person with significant neck injuries. The runner underwent surgery at a local hospital and is now in stable condition, according to the FPD.
In the latest attack, the animal went for two women running along the same road at around 6 a.m. local time on Monday morning. The women suffered only minor injuries and went to a local hospital for treatment, the FPD said. But according to local TV station NBC 5, the women were only saved from further harm by a man driving to work along Eldorado Parkway who stopped to let them jump in his car.
“We were just trying to beat it off, like I was using whatever I had, my water bottle, keys, and my lanyard,” Sheri Devore, one of the two women, told NBC 5.
Michael Harvey, the man who pulled over to save them, said the coyote remained near the car, “like he was waiting for us to get back out,” as he told the station.
Since the first incident on October 26, the FPD’s Animal Services Unit has been working to “locate and catch” the coyote, but without success. After the intense November 28 attack, local authorities added both the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and a private contractor to the effort.
A spokesperson for the FPD told Runner’s World that no similar incidents involving particularly aggressive coyotes had ever been reported in the area prior to the October 26 attack, and reiterated that this particular animal’s behavior is highly unusual. The FPD is urging local residents to avoid the area for the time being.