SMYRNA, Ga. – A woman who was out walking her threeÂ dogs Friday morning ended up being chased by two coyotes. She told Channel 2 Action News the coyotes bit her 85-pound lab.
Trish GallupÂ is thankfulÂ two of dogs, Boomer and Tracker, are uninjured. Her third dog, Radar, whom she calledÂ the leader of theÂ pack, was bitten threeÂ times by coyotes as they took their normal walk.
Gallup saidÂ as they walked, she heard a commotion, then saw Radar running.
“I thought, ‘OMG, this is bad,'” Gallup said.
A picture of a coyote on theÂ path at the River Line Soccer Park on Oakdale Road made its way onto theÂ Nextdoor app, and lots of people responded saying they, too, have seen coyotes in theÂ area.
Wildlife experts told Channel 2 Action NewsÂ a coyote attack on a large dog is unusual, but they saidÂ it’s not surprising to find coyotes in what they call transition areas. These are areas with cut grass andÂ various types of vegetation.
Dog owner Sarah Clark said she is mindful her dog could be a target, but it won’t stop her from coming to the park.
“I’m always mindful to make sure that she’s in my sight and she’s not jumping into the weeds or the bushes,” Clark said.
Channel 2’s Lori Wilson called Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources.
Dr. TinaÂ Johannsen said this is a normal year for coyotes. They hadÂ more than 650 calls into their regional offices.
“They’re just going from point AÂ to point B looking for something to eat,”Â JohannsenÂ said.
Johannsen recommends keeping cats and small dogs fenced in or on a leash. She also saidÂ it is OKÂ to kill coyotes and encourages anyone who is interestedÂ to take part in the Coyote Challenge.The Georgia Coyote Challenge is open to everyone who catches or kills a coyote in Georgia through Aug.Â 31.
The top prize is a lifetime hunting license.
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