As Scarberry was walking his dog, the coyotes came up to him and his dog, barking at them. The coyotes then bit at his leg and hip, resulting in his requiring rabies shots. Scarberry commented on the New Year’s Eve attack:
“They were coming around the bush and I guess they were going after my puggle,”
“One of them lunged up towards me and I kind of pushed it away with my hand and its front claws scratched my hand and wrist. Then one of the grabbed me by the pant leg and started shaking my leg so I just started kicking and hitting at them to get them off of me and they ran back under the fence.”
One source from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife adds:
“They rely heavily on fruit. All the fruit is gone now, so they’re now in scavenging mode – cats, little dogs are a treat, and they’ll eat them,”
A recent resident to the Kent area, Scarberry admits he enjoys living close to wildlife despite the attack:
“I’m not a big city person so this is more my style,”
Sources: The Inquistr, FOX Seattle/Tacoma, KVAL.com
Pet lovers aim to be friendly to all animals alike. In this case, Scarberry found himself the victim of an animal attack when he tried to keep himself and his pet dog safe.
Have you ever been subject to a coyote attack? How do you think Faron Scarberry handled the situation?