Roger Nelson had to think fast on Friday afternoon when a group of four coyotes jumped the fence to Nelson's backyard and tried to attack his three dogs. Even as Nelson was able to quickly head his dogs to the safety of their home on South Herbert Road in Riverside, Ill., the coyotes continued to pursue the dogs and even shattered the louvered glass panels of his back door.
According to cbslocal.com, Nelson had sent his dogs outside for a bathroom break when the four coyotes jumped over his three-and-a-half foot fence and charged at his golden retriever, a beagle and a German shepherd puppy. Thankfully Nelson was able to get everyone in safely, but the coyotes continued to charge at the door snarling and baring their teeth.
Nelson was finally able to scare the coyotes away with a BB gun.
Riverside Police Sgt. Bill Gutschick told CBS:
“This is quite different. We’ve never quite experienced anything like this..."
Even though coyotes have been seen in the Chicago area, it is quite unusual for them to attack any domestic animals around humans. The Riverside Police Department suggests everyone protect their pets by always having them leashed when outdoors, keeping lights on around your property, watching for wildlife, and making sure not to have any garbage or food lying around which would attract coyotes or other wildlife.
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