New Brunswick mother fights off coyote intent on eating new puppie

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SAINT-CHARLES, N.B. Marie Simon was determined that nothing was going to hurt her new puppy, not even a coyote in mid-leap.
The Saint-Charles woman took her pup Sampson outside to do his business at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the pet began pulling on the leash to get back inside her home.
"I figured he was just cold and wanted to get in," said Simon, who remembers then hearing a snarl. "I turned around and it was in mid-flight, and all I saw was a bunch of teeth."
The brazen coyote struck the mother of one in the face, driving her glasses into the bridge of her nose and knocking her to the ground.
She said she threw the puppy away from the coyote, which was skinny and not much larger than a fox. Simon said she then grabbed the animal before it could make it to her pet.
"It was going over me and I just grabbed the fur. ... It tried to bite me in the face and I punched it," she said.
"It kept on trying to bite me. At one point it grabbed me on the back of the head, and I thought it had my head," she said, noting a burning sensation on her scalp when the animal pulled at her hair.
She doesn't remember how many times she hit the coyote, but eventually she was able to strike it with enough force to drive it off.
The skirmish left her with a bleeding hand and long strands of her hair in the snow.
"I went out there today and I could see scruffs of my hair," said Simon. "I can say I was terrified.
"I still haven't slept, I am too scared. I slept maybe 20 minutes but I dreamt of a coyote the whole time."
She said the puppie, which she got as an early Valentine's Day present, had just been trained to go outside but "now he is too scared."
The provincial Natural Resources Department has given Simon and her boyfriend permission to set traps on their land to try to capture the animal.
Department biologist Jean-Michel Devink called the attack "unique."
"We want to put the emphasis on the fact that the coyote didn't intentionally attack this woman. It was trying to attack a very small dog," he said.
"For the most part coyotes are fairly fearful of humans, and in this situation, because it was very early, maybe the coyote wasn't aware the woman was there."

Organizations: Natural Resources Department

Geographic location: New Brunswick, SAINT-CHARLES

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  • Gecko Girl
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Wouldn't it be puppy ?