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Coyote attacks dog in Ensley Township

by Lois Allen

Watch out for coyotes in the area.

An Ensley township couple were relaxing at home last week Thursday, July 19, when they heard  a commotion coming from their back yard. They were shocked to see a coyote mauling one of their two dogs, a Yorkie Poo, in broad daylight. 

The Castles, who live in Ensley township near Gould’s Mini Mart, have two dogs, a Yorkie Poo (Jack) and the other an Australian Shepherd (Ruby).

It was approximately 7 a.m., when they had let their dogs out into the back yard to do their “business.”

Jack, a Yorkie Poo, was a victim of a coyote attack last week.

Machell Castle said it was shortly after when she heard a bunch of “yipping” coming from the backyard. When she looked to see what was going on, she saw a large coyote with the Yorkie Poo in its mouth that was heading back into the woods. However, the Australian Shepherd, Ruby, was hot on its tail and the coyote eventually dropped the 12 pound Yorkie Poo.

After the coyote let loose of Jack, both dogs headed for the house with the coyote chasing them, literally on their tails. “I flung open the back door and they came running in,” said Machell.

It was then that the coyote retreated back into the woods.

Pictured here is one of Jack’s puncture wounds on his back left leg.

Thanks to Ruby’s bravery, Jack the Yorkie Poo survived the attack and was taken to the animal hospital to be treated.  “Ruby saved him,” said Machell. 

Jack’s injuries included approximately four puncture wounds on his back and leg, the largest on his back left leg. He is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the DNR of Michigan, “…coyotes can be killed without a hunting license on private land by the landowner or designee if the coyote is doing or about to do damage to private property, pets, livestock, or humans…” To learn more about Michigan Coyotes go to the DNR website by visiting www.michigan.gov/wildlife found under the “Mammals” section.

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2 Responses to “Coyote attacks dog in Ensley Township”

  1. Brad Thomas says:

    I’d wager this is the same coyote that was staring at my chickens and ducks on the 24th. Fortunately my neighbor Pete was able to scare it off. Good thing for great neighbors, if it’s going after dogs fat chance it’s going to let the chickens be.

  2. Urban coyotes stalk and attack not only pets, but people, children on a national basis-there are daily media reports on pet attacks and a human is reported attacked weekly on average. Do not believe Animal Rights propaganda that coyotes do not attack humans. Urban coyotes have become progressively more aggressive and dangerous and will not only jump into yards to kill pets, but will rip dogs off of leashes and kill them while the owners are frantically trying to save them. They will grab kids and try to drag them out of their parents’ arms. They need to be removed and kept removed. “Co-existence” is an idiotic animal rights policy designed to generate donations from emotional, gullible animal lovers and this policy has led to the coyote overpopulation and dangerous situation we have now. They are not fuzzy pets, they are dangerous carnivorous predators and pack hunters. Further on the East Coast, there has been a serious uptick in the incidence of rabies in the coyote population. The USDA will send in Federal Trappers to remove coyotes and keep them removed. Residents and their pets have a right to be safe in their neighborhoods and parks.
    Further, it is clear that both municipalities and local Wildlife Control should be held legally liable for failing to protect public safety. Coyote victims should litigate municipalities and local Wildlife Control agencies to recover damages, including emotional damage for both human and pet attacks.
    The concept of “the coyotes were here first” is patently absurd and again is PETA fake information. Humans predate coyotes, but that is irrelevant. Throughout civilization, humans have kept predators out of their communities. Lions, tigers, bears, coyotes, hyenas, big cats, wild dogs have been removed from human areas. Can you imagine encouraging lions to roam around a community killing livestock and children? Coyotes are fine for the prairie, but they have no business in town. Wasps and rattlesnakes predate man, but we do not encourage them to nest on our patios.

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