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walking dogs in a nature area for 20+ years I've seen a lot of coyotes and I've seen them do some pretty clever things. The game is getting a dog to chase them, and tuckering the dog out so he's virtually defenseless by the the time he's introduced to "the pack". The coyotes will even change off with each other if they get too tired. Two dogs on one coyote? Not a problem. A second coyote will always magically appear and split the dogs up, each taking one dog on a chase to tire him out. Cats don't stand a chance. I've found lots of "cat kills" on early morning walks. Nothing left but the fur, and you know by the colour of the fur that it wasn't a rabbit. So far coyotes are afraid of us here. About 50ft is their comfort zone. But they are curious. Most of the time they used to just follow my dog at a distance and wait for it to shit. Probably the only hot meal they'll ever get.
 

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I've seen coyotes saunter down my street late at night and usually in pairs. The first few times I was rather surprised...not so much anymore. I live in town and not on an acreage so they must be getting desperate for food...or bored.
 
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Fought off rabid coyote.



“It was the most horrifying experience of my life,” 64-year-old retired nurse Rita Sweenor told The Chronicle Monday.

Last Wednesday, Aug. 16, she was mauled by what turned out to be a rabid coyote on the Washington County canal path connecting Fort Edward with the Feeder Canal and its series of locks known as the Five Combines in Hudson Falls. Mrs. Sweenor is a 1971 Lake George High School graduate who worked for 40 years as a licensed practical nurse at Glens Falls Hospital. She lives in Gansevoort with her husband Dave. “On my husband’s golf days, I go birding,” she said. “I love photography.” She drove to Towpath Road in the Town of Fort Edward and started walking north on the bike path. “I go in on the Fort Edward side,” she said. “That’s where the birds are.”

She arrived at about 11 a.m.

“I always have my camera with me with my big 600mm lens,” Rita said. “I walk slowly to sneak up on the birds.” She spotted a great blue heron and stopped. A couple on bicycles passed her. “I was taking photos of the heron, and my leg felt funny,” she says. “I wasn’t in pain. It just felt funny. So I looked down and a coyote had my ankle in its mouth. “The minute I saw it, I knew it was rabid. I hit him with my camera a few times and it jumped at my face. “It kept coming at me. It was no longer interested in my legs. It was all my head. “I thought I was going to die.”

‘I had to stand and fight’

Rita says that somehow she grabbed her cellphone and dialed 911, “but it attacked me and I couldn’t hit send. “I couldn’t run, and I knew I couldn’t let it get me on the ground. I had to stand and fight. I had no choice.” At one point she says she had the coyote pinned to the ground, her hands around its throat. “But when I moved my hands to get to his trachea, he got free again. It attacked me 10 to 15 times. And each time I tried to throw him in the canal, he would get out and come back at me. “The third time, he had his mouth around my hand, and I reached around and grabbed its rear leg, I don’t know which one, and tried to throw him in the canal, but we both fell in. “I thought I would toss him in and drown him, but when I fell in and he disappeared, I tried to walk across the canal, but the mud was up to my hips. I couldn’t walk. And the weeds were so thick. It was very slow going. It was like trying to swim through thick soup.”

Exited canal, reached farmhouse

She finally reached the other side of the canal. “I climbed up and I didn’t know how bad I was hurt. My right arm was ripped open and all I could see was tendons and bones and a blood vessel spurting blood, so I wrapped that in my shirt. “I was still not feeling any pain, but I knew I would bleed to death. I had to find a house. So I looked up and started making my way to the closest house I could see. “There was a short barbed-wire fence that normally I would have jumped over with no problem, but it took me three tries to get over the fence.” She got to an old farmhouse, the home of Ennio and Sharon Ruggi, and saw there was a car in the garage. “Those poor people,” Rita says. “I pounded on the door, and he opened it and could see what I couldn’t see. My scalp was ripped open, my nose was cut in half, my lip was hanging, both arms were bleeding, both legs were bleeding. “I told them to call an ambulance and call the state troopers because I had been attacked by a rabid coyote. I was scared it had followed me, so I asked, ‘Can I come inside?’ “He called 911 and the Fort Edward Rescue Squad got there very quickly, and took one look at me and immediately called for a helicopter. They said I was going right to Albany Medical Center. I must have been a sorry sight.”

Helicoptered to Albany Med

“Those people in the house saved my life,” says Rita. “They got me the help I needed. The folks from the Fort Edward Rescue Squad were amazing. So were the state troopers and the folks at Albany Medical Center trauma center. “The whole system worked and saved my life. I’m grateful to all of them.” In the ambulance ride to the helipad — she believes it was in Wilton, but isn’t sure — medics put tourniquets on her right arm and left leg to stop the bleeding, and gave her morphine for the pain. “Then they loaded me onto a State Police helicopter. I was still lucid, but I couldn’t feel any pain. I didn’t know how severely I was hurt. “We got to Albany Med and I was brought right into the trauma room. There had to have been 30 people in the room, each doing their own thing. They stabilized me, cleaned me up and then brought me into surgery.”

Receives rabies shots

Even before the coyote was found, killed and diagnosed with rabies, Rita was given treatment for rabies.Her first rabies shot was administered in the operating room, and she received another shot on Saturday. She was scheduled to have another on Wednesday, Aug. 23, and another next week.

DEC officer Matt Krug shot the coyote thought to have attacked Rita Sweenor. It turned out to be rabid. “The normal protocol is four for someone who was bitten,” says Rita, but she’s looking for more. “I want five because they give five in extenuating circumstances…I was ripped open right down to the bone and tendons.” Rita said the shots haven’t been painful. Plastic surgeons reconstructed her face, and she was stitched up with “more stitches than I can count.” She said she’s happy Department of Environmental Conservation officer Matt Krug killed the coyote, which tested positive for rabies.

‘You do what you have to do’

How did Rita survive? “When you have no other alternative, you do what you have to do,” she says. “I’m glad I’m healthy. I’ve had bypass surgery, but I always tried to stay healthy. I hike and exercise.” She said she will go birding again, maybe not on that same trail, though. “I will always bring protection now, either mace or a pellet gun or get a pistol permit,” says Rita. “It’s funny, but I never watched for animals before. I was watching for unsavory humans. “I will go hiking again. I won’t go on that trail until I feel it’s safe. This was the most horrifying experience of my life. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

Already Rita is feeling better.

“I’m a very positive person,” she says. “I don’t think it’s my time. I have a lot of recovery to do. Will I have scars? I don’t care. I am who I am. I survived. ” The Fort Edward canal path where a woman was attacked by a rabid coyote on Wednesday, Aug. 16, reopened to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 22. “After consulting with NYS Fish and Wildlife and the Canal Corporation, the bike path from the Five Combines and Fort Edward, has been re-opened,” said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “Users of the path should remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings on the path — especially if an animal is seen acting in an unusual manner. “If you believe that you see a rabid animal, you are urged to not approach the animal and call 911 immediately.” The coyote believed to have attacked and severely injured Rita Sweenor was killed on Thursday, Aug. 17. Testing confirmed it had rabies. Mrs. Sweenor thinks the trail should not be reopened yet. “I believe there are more rabid coyotes out there. They are pack animals. I hope they keep that trail closed. I want them to trap all of them, euthanize them and check them for rabies. A friend of mine saw two of them together before I got attacked. There are a lot of them there. “I love animals, and it’s not their fault, but you have to protect the public. It’s going to happen again and someone is going to die. And I never want anyone to go through what I went through. It’s still surreal.”

It’s Canal Corporation’s call

It wasn’t immediately clear who had authority over the site. A Washington County Sheriff’s staffer referred The Chronicle to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but DEC referred The Chronicle to the Sheriff’s office. It turned out to be neither one. Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy explained in an e-mail late Tuesday morning, explained: “Contrary to popular belief the [state] Canal Corporation owns the land and after consultation with State pathologist decided to close the trail. We assisted by providing signs. We talked with them about an hour ago and they are reopening today.”
 

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I've seen one dash out from the woods and run across a suburban ring road back into the woods a short drive from us (Hunt Club west for Ottawans), but that was only once in the past 25 years. Worth noting that the Montreal sightings appear to be in suburban areas. You won't run into one while pub crawling on Crescent Street.

Thanks for that news item, Richard. That woman is one tough cookie.
 

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Yes they have coyotes in Montreal...

I do not know if they still are there, but there was a herd crossing the Stastny Golf Club in St-Nicolas (now included in Lévis, south shore of Quebec City) some twenty years ago. An early morning I heard them ! Intimidating to say the less when you did not know they were there ! In fact they were following roes way (I also saw some). Someone told me nobody would leave a dog outside at night in St-Nicolas area.
 
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I've seen one dash out from the woods and run across a suburban ring road back into the woods a short drive from us (Hunt Club west for Ottawans), but that was only once in the past 25 years. Worth noting that the Montreal sightings appear to be in suburban areas. You won't run into one while pub crawling on Crescent Street.

Thanks for that news item, Richard. That woman is one tough cookie.
Here is a followup some time after:

'It took me a long time to heal': Moreau woman recalls rabid coyote attack
 

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Wiley fuckers, they can hide in plain sight using shadow and light as well as obstructions to disguise themselves.

Several years ago, just for shits and giggles, a friend and I harmonized with coyote howls while sitting on his back deck. They came rather close, we could actually hear them move, but damned if we could see them. We'd cleaned some fish on the tailgate of a truck parked 50' away so maybe they were more than simply curious.

A couple of years ago I was startled by a coyote that ran across the trail I was bicycling on. It glanced at me but kept moving, as did I.
 

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Years ago, while the were developing new subdivisions on the side of Burke mountain, I had a group of three follow me up the hill. I was climbing, so going slow, and they just paced me. Eventually I reached the top of the road I was on, turned right and went downhill. They didn't bother pursuing at that point.

There was always lots of coyotes and bears up there - because construction workers leave food bags and partially eaten scraps out and the animals figure this out pretty quickly. Not uncommon to see a bear with something like a Subway bag 'passing through' (sorry for the graphic image there ...... ). They're mostly gone now that the area is populated but any of the woods around my area (close to Pitt River) still have them in abundance.
 

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We got a letter from the Peace Officer (assuming bylaw) here in North Edmonton warning too keep aware of a recent Coyote problem too. We already chucked the letter so I can't take a pic, but it basically said keep an eye out for them, don't leave your garbage out, watch your domestic animals, etc. The usual. We've had a booming rabbit population in this part of Edmonton for a few years now. I was driving my daughter home a couple years ago at night and the field by our house had a good 25 rabbits jumping around at night. They're getting weeded out by the Yotes now I guess.
 

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i has never seen one other than in a magazine, until i moved to toronto. one morning i went out for an early bike ride. as i was approaching my building (victoria park & blantyre) one came sauntering down the street, as if it was the most normal thing in the world. i at first thought someone's dog got loose. but then i realized, that's not a dog.i went online and did a google image search for coyote, and sure enough, that's what it was. it walked by me within 30' or so, and seemed completely unconcerned. it walked right down the middle of blantyre until it was gone. it was the only time i've ever seen one outside of a zoo or youtube
 

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We've noticed their numbers growing around NS in recent years, as well of their size. I've got one around my deer hunting site that's big German Shepherd size, and a pack near my camp that are cross bred with some wild domestic dogs.
If they are big might be the coywolf. A cross between the two. A young women was killed in N.B ow twenty years ago.

Around hear Family pets are being mauled in their back yards. People let their dogs off leash in a Conservation area and they get attacked .
 
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Early spring. Out back enjoying my morning coffee and smoke.
A rabbit comes shooting down the driveway at the side of our house, through our yard, and under the fence.
I'm waiting for the local feral tomcat to be not far behind.
Instead, a small fox.
It followed the same path to the back fence, paces along it and then comes back, not noticing me at first.
I wasn't concerned. It had a beautiful orange/red coat. I knew that it was healthy.
Walked across ~10ft in front of me. Glanced up with a 'hey, was'up?' look, then back up the driveway.
Before that encounter, I've only seen them from a distance.
Quite exciting.
 

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I have seen a photo of a fox just before the 10 Downing St in London !

The real problem with coyotes here is that they are a subspecies akin wolves and "greenish" montrealers find normal to have them in town. Well, they have much rats too ! And much bed bugs too !!! :-(
 
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