Coyotes turn up during "pup rearing time"

Coyotes turn up during "pup rearing time"
Coyote attacking deer caught on camera (Source: Donte Davis)

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A Richmond Heights man captured some video on his cell phone of a coyote attacking a deer.

"My wife was standing right there and it ran to the peak of the house," said Donte Davis.

Davis pulled out his cellphone and recorded the encounter.

"At first I thought it was a dog," he said. "Then I got closer and I said that's not a dog it's a wolf. Then I said it can't be a wolf."

The coyote was killing a deer in his neighbor's yard.

All Davis could think about were the kids on summer vacation in his quiet neighborhood, including his daughter who he was teaching how to ride a bike at the time.

"I don't know what would've happened of there were kids out here," Davis said. "Obviously it's hungry because I don't know of them doing this in broad daylight," he said.

"Actually they are not nocturnal animals. In their habitat they are out between dawn and dusk," said Terry Robison with the Cleveland Metroparks. "They do their best to avoid humans. That's why we don't see them very often."

According to wildlife experts you are more likely to be attacked by your family pet than by a coyote.

As for an explanation about the attack Davis recorded, Robison said, "It's pup rearing time and they are looking for groceries."

It took two officers to drag the deer's carcass away.

The coyote eventually ran away.

If you are ever confronted by a coyote, experts say you should make yourself as "big" as possible.

Also, wildlife experts said if you want coyotes to stop coming around your home, stop feeding wild animals on your property.

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