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Coyotes attack Kent man walking his dog

CoyotesKENT, Wash. — Three coyotes attacked a Kent man Friday, leaving him bruised and bleeding and his dog frightened.

Now, Faron Scarberry, who lives next door to a school, wants to get the word out about the frightening attack before the wild animals strike again.

“They were coming around the bush and I guess they were going after my puggle.” Scarberry said.

Scarberry was walking his dog in in Kent near his home when the dogs approached.

“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.”

Scarberry limped away from the incident with bruised knuckles and a scratched left arm. He said one of the coyotes bit him in the leg and he received 26 shots for rabies.

A couple of days removed from the accident, Scarberry said he is a little sore.  But most of all, he’s worried about his neighbors.

“The elementary school is right at the back of our property and the kids walk here to and from school,” Scarberry said. “I don’t want any of the kids to get hurt.”

Wildlife experts said this December is the time of year coyotes are out searching for their food. And coyotes eat just about anything. Wildlife experts said lids should be kept secure on trash cans to keep coyotes away. They also said coyotes typically scare easy with loud noises.

Claudia Johnson and her kids frequently walk the area near where Scarberry was attacked. She said her cat was attacked last year in the same neighborhood.

“We kept our animals in for quite some time after that,” Johnson said said.

Scarberry said he will keep a closer eye on his dog, but the run-in with the local wildlife isn’t going to scare him or his puggle away.

“I’m not a big city person so this is more my style,” he said.

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100 comments

  • Susanne

    I lived for years in SoCal in a subdivision up against the mountains and a state park. We had lots of coyotes and they came down our street all the time and yipped and yodeled all night long at certain times of the year. They regularly carried off cats and broke into rabbit cages but attacks on people didn't often happen (so many outdoor cats) although I recall one toddler rescued from being dragged off from a playground during daylight hours. Coyotes are weird for wild animals – they move so fast that a well one never gets hit by a car; so fast that although they're really wary of humans they can be close around people as long as they can get away. I'd chase one for fun sometimes and it'd run off down the street a few houses and then come back around when pursued and go back and forth and it always ended up back where it wanted to be.

    They are really small (like foxes) and persistent and I think if they attacked an adult with a puggle on a leash that the resultant wounds to the human would likely be as shown because coyotes have small heads and teeth and they rely on stealth more than fighting. They are designed for grab and runs and they specialize in baby animals. I don't suppose the coyotes understood about a leash being attached to a human and assumed the pup was merely near the man. A bit of scuffling around would have shown them that their prey was not easy and they would have dropped the fight reluctantly but not left the vicinity. Had there been no leash the dog would have been toast unless it was too heavy to remove quickly because while a puggle is roughly the size of a cat I think it could be heavier.

  • anne bright

    Here in Connecicut there HAVE been attacks on humans! One 3 year old boy was attacked on his face when he and his Dad were at a golf course and Dad used a golf club to beat off coyotes. A woman at a I-95 rest stop was going into McDonald's and was bitten on back of leg by coyote that the idiots in McDonalds had been feeding. Pups are born in the spring, stay with parents for 6 months or so, and then leave to find their own territory. I suspect these were 3 siblings and not quite full grown. Eastern coyotes are larger and weigh 10 lbs. more than your Western coyotes – Univ. of Connecticut did DNA testing and they have interbred with wolves in Canada decades ago, and migrated to New England. I have coyotes in my YARD. They are killing dogs and cats everywhere and I have seen them killed by car on highways. We also have cougars, bobcat, fisher cats, red & grey foxes. CT vets (I am in animal rescue) all have treated dogs that survived coyote attacks..

  • Bitten Once

    I had rabies shots several years ago after being bitten by a raccoon. They are a series of FIVE shots given in the arm or hip now… not in the stomach. Also – Raccoon or Canine – the large canine teeth make a nasty wound – nothing like the pin pricks and scratches this liar has!


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