Coyotes Attack Man And His 2 Small Dogs In Ocala

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — An Ocala man and his two small dogs were attacked by coyotes while walking in his suburban subdivision.

The Star-Banner reports that Jack Miller was near his front door with his poodle, Tinkerbell, and his Maltese/Chihuahua mix, Jax, when at least five coyotes surrounded them.

Miller said Tinkerbell jumped between him and the coyotes “like a pitbull,” while Jax cowered.

He punched one of the coyotes but said he couldn’t fend off the animals. One grabbed Jax and bolted off. Tinkerbell was unhurt.

Joy Hill, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said coyotes are generally associated with western regions of the United States but are increasingly becoming a problem in Florida as well, as the species’ population grows and development encroaches on their habitat.

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One Comment

  1. roberta4949 says:

    you don’t have to enter coyote habitat to be attacked by them they will come to you, I see them around here all the time but they dont bother us, if they do they will surly get a big conk on the head with my shovel or my pitch fork stab depending on what tool I am using at the time gardening. I also have a nice size metal baseball bat too.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Its going to happen more & more~

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