FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A man jogging in Frisco early Tuesday morning was attacked by a coyote, according to Frisco Police.
Police said it happened around 6:40 a.m. in the area of Eldorado Parkway and Tangerine Lane. Police said the coyote emerged from vegetation and bit the man who was running.
The victim was able to fend off the coyote and was later taken by a family member to an area hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
Frisco Police, who are working with federal and state wildlife agencies, said they don’t know if the coyote responsible for other attacks had reappeared (after one coyote was caught and killed) or if this is “a learned behavior” other coyotes have picked up.
“These animals, I think the reason they’re being aggressive because they’re scared. But we’re humans and we’re also scared,” said Frisco resident Joselynn Kendall.
Nearby Liscano Elementary School is on heightened alert, using more teachers to watch students outdoors or at times, keeping children inside for recess.
Frisco Animal Control gave the staff whistles to scare off an animal if necessary.
The Frisco Police Department and Frisco Animal Services continue to work with wildlife service partners in an effort to abate urban wildlife attacks on humans. Citizens are urged to continue to follow several safety guidelines, including:
• While walking or jogging, carry something that makes a loud noise, such as an airhorn or whistle, to scare off an animal.
• Ensure all animals are on a leash while walking them.
• Do not allow domesticated animals to roam free outdoors.
• Do not approach or feed wildlife and keep trash in a secure container.
• Report any sightings of coyotes through the City’s Interactive Map.
More information about safety, reporting sightings and wildlife interaction can be found in this video:
Citizens who witness an attack, or a coyote exhibiting aggressive behavior, are asked to call 911. Unless threatened by an aggressive animal, residents are discouraged from taking matters into their own hands. This allows the professionals to work unimpeded for the safety of everyone, Frisco Police said.