Nov 19, 2014 8:13 AM

Greenland woman and dog attacked by coyote

GREENLAND- A woman and her dog are recovering after a coyote attack. The woman was walking her dog yesterday morning when the attack happened off Post Road in Greenland.

"People find themselves face to face with coyotes every day in the state of New Hampshire - they are very common," said Chief of Wildlife Mark Ellingwood.

Coyotes are no stranger to the Seacoast and prey on small game.

"I presume the animal was a small animal, and if that's the case, then that is usually going to be seen as prey by a coyote," said Ellingwood.

The victim's husband fired a shot, but that didn't scare the coyote. The man then used a vehicle to separate his wife and dog from the animal, finally scaring him off.

"Sometimes at night when they are really loud, you can hear them around here. I get nervous, and I go into my house," said Karen Grey, a concerned neighbor.

"Stand your ground, look tall if you have to, and make loud noises if the animal looks indifferent to your presence," said Ellingwood.

Ellingwood also said that families with small dogs should be alert. Also be aware of what's in your neighborhood that could attract coyotes.

"Bird feeders that attract small animals, too sites and backyards, constitute a potential attraction to coyotes, foxes and bobcats. You're more or less inviting them into your community," said Ellingwood.


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