Neighbors Wary After Coyote Attacks & Kills Fort Worth Pet

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in one north Fort Worth neighborhood are concerned, after a coyote attacked and killed a family’s toy poodle. The attack happened just one day after the city issued a warning about an increase in coyote sightings.

Residents at the Monterra Village Apartments, at Interstate-35W and North Tarrant Parkway, say they’ve seen and heard coyotes in a nearby field numerous times, but they say Thursday morning was the first time they know of one of the animals becoming aggressive.

“Usually when I do take him out, if it’s not going to be right there, I’ll have him on a leash,” explained dog owner Ryan Johnson.

Johnson now thinks twice about taking his pet Yorkie outside after a coyote killed his neighbor’s toy poodle Thursday morning.

Pam Shope witnessed the attack. “He [the coyote] approached the woman with the dog, it wasn’t like the dog was running free and he came out. He came up to her and she ran and he got the dog.”

Shope heard her neighbor screaming and ran to help. “I went after the coyote with a broom and he was not afraid at all,” she recalled.

Residents called 911 and a Fort Worth police officer came out and found the coyote in an adjacent field. “The coyote observed the officer, obviously dropped the poodle from its mouth and lunged at the officer,” said Sgt. Pedro Criado, with the Fort Worth Police Department.

The aggressive action toward the officer proved fatal for the coyote. “We heard about four shot gun blasts, and I saw the coyote get up and go toward the officer, and he shot again,” said Shope. “Unfortunately he couldn’t save the dog.”

Residents living in a nearby upscale apartment complex say this isn’t the first time a coyote has come close to their homes. “I would hear them at night when the sirens would set them off and it sounded like quite a few, like a pack,” recalled resident Karen Schwager.

Barry Alexander, who is an animal control supervisor with the city, says, “Because Fort Worth expanded at a big pace their [the coyotes] habitats, where they normally run free, are restricted.” Alexander went onto say, “They’re [the coyotes] usually more afraid of people than people are of them. If they become unafraid of people it’s usually because they’ve been fed or have easy access to a food source.”

Animal control officials plan to test the dead coyote for rabies, but there haven’t been any recent confirmed cases of rabies in coyotes.

Officers say the best way to keep wild animals away from your home is to never feed them and not to leave any food out – even pet food – in your backyard.

  • Teaser

    That’s why I have German Shepherds and Border Collies.. I have coyotes,bobcats,etc. in the southern part of Grand Prairie.

  • Steve Hampton

    Note to people who are afraid of Coyotes. Don’t live in the country!!! There are many wonderful in-town locations for city folks who don’t get how Mother Nature works.

    • wishiwznhawaii

      No offense Steve, but this didn’t happen in the country. I live in a very populated area of Ft. Worth/Keller and see and hear coyotes all the time. Recently saw a coyote running through the parking lot at Lowe’s in Southlake.

    • schrodinger

      Someone didn’t read the article. The attack happened at an apartment complex in town.

      • Susan Winters

        Schrodinge those apartments are very much in the country area, they are close to alliance airport. Have you ever driven out that way? You need to, you will see that that area is very much home to a variety of wildlife, coyotes, bobcats and some of the most beautiful hawks around. They were there first, not the people. The people are the bad guy not the animals.

  • Ashley

    that ryan johnson guy they interviewed sure is cute!

  • schrodinger

    I see them near our gun range once in a while… and ONCE is all we ever see one.

  • schrodinger

    near White Rock Lake. I hit one once with my car, as it ran out in front of me. Yes, it was a ‘yote or perhaps a coy-dog– I looked at the teeth after it had died and they were not your usual house-dog teeth. I’m a vet tech, I perform dental cleanings on dogs and cats on a regular basis, and I’m very familiar with dog teeth. THESE were not dog teeth. So, they’re moving in. As such, my cats stay indoors and no food is put out for strays.

    My guess is, being that he was patently aggressive, unafraid of humans, and coming out boldly during daylight– then there’s a good chance that he might be rabid. No guarantees, but that isn’t typical coyote behavior.

    A .17 rimfire takes care of the problem. A .22 Hornet does it with finesse. :)

  • schrodinger

    Oops… meant to say that I live in Dallas NEAR WHITE ROCK LAKE… sorry.

  • Susan Winters

    Those apartments were plopped in the middle of the country and yes there are coyotes that were therr before they put it there. Either move to the downtown area or carry your dog with you.
    That area is rich in wildlife and the hawks flying over that area are beautiful and just as capable as taking off with a small dog. So are you city dwellers going to have them killed as well.

  • trapdangthing

    I live near Marine Creek. They have built 1 elementry and 1 middle school and now they building a new high school near the Tarrant county college. I have have here near 30 yrs and have not see coyote until now. Fkin city should trap the animal and relocated them somewhere else. It not their fault ,,,its the human. I see one that is huge that a pitbull. They run in a pack. lost 4 chicken 2 puppy to the coyote.

  • Tom

    When one moves into an area that previously supported wildlife, one has to plan on living with wildlife for some time until the animals are eliminated and/or they are driven to a new area. One should conduct his or her business in a manner so as to acomodate this situation and not expect the government to step in and do it for them.

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