A Washington man was attacked Friday by three coyotes while he took his dog for a walk near an elementary school in the town of Kent, which is south of Seattle
The Seattle station reported that Faron Scarberry suffered bruises on his knuckles and scratches on his left arm in the attack and was forced to receive 26 rabies shots.
Scarberry was walking his dog- a puggle- when he was approached by the pack. One lunged at him and another took hold of his pant leg and started shaking.
Scarberry said the coyotes likely wanted to put his puggle on the menu, but he managed to resist the attack and the coyotes ran back under a fence.
Wildlife experts said this December is the time of year coyotes are out searching for their food. And coyotes eat just about anything.
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.
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.”
“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.”
In Washington state the coyotes are a protected species in many areas so shooting them is a federal issue and a state crime.Nice Huh.