I meet a lot of people (in the virtual sense these days as I’ve become quite the recluse) who insist that coyotes aren’t dangerous and will never attack anything larger than themselves. While such attacks may be unusual, the idea that no animal smaller than you is a threat is a naive urban fantasy that needs to be dispelled.
I stumbled on this report from Newington, CT about a great dane being mauled to death by a coyote. I lived in Middltown, Ct on and off for several years and saw a coyote there once, and oddly a lot of beavers. Though maybe that shouldn’t be considered odd as it was a college town! Hi-yo!
But seriously, I’ve been to Newington and the surrounding area and though certainly more rural than most of New York or New Jersey it’s basically suburban living – with some scattered small farms which is common in New England. This attack is a wake up call for all you urbane environmentalists out there.Coyotes are everywhere and they’re getting too big for their birches. Notice the advice given out here will encourage the coyote to escalate it’s behavior. The damn thing needs to be put down, but reporters suggest that you essentially feed your pets to it. Foolishness: