Coyote Bites Woman, Attacks Dog in Denver

Here’s the story from the Denver Post:

Coyote bites woman, attacks dog in SE Denver

A 51-year-old woman was attacked by coyotes Saturday night as she walked her dog in southeast Denver, wildlife officials said.

The woman, who lives in the 3900 block of South Oneida Street,
told authorities she was walking her 75-pound Labrador retriever when
they were surrounded by three coyotes.

Two of the coyotes attacked the dog, and the owner intervened.
As she tried to defend the dog, a coyote scratched and bit the woman,
according to a new release from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The unidentified victim was treated at Swedish Medical Center
and released. The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, said Jennifer
Churchill, a DOW spokeswoman.

Details on the dog’s condition were not available.

The Colorado State Patrol notified the wildlife department about
the attack Saturday night, and the DOW searched for the coyotes but did
not find them, Churchill said.

If coyotes “lose their natural wariness” of humans, the animals can become aggressive toward people, the DOW warns.

Anyone in Colorado who encounters an aggressive coyote should
call 303-291-7227 to report the incident. If the encounter occurs after
business hours, call the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501, and a
wildlife officer will be dispatched.

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com

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