If you happen to notice more coyotes lurking around your community, you’re not alone. Colorado Department of Natural Resources says the animals are becoming immune to our behaviors and are starting to appreciate urban settings compared to rural settings.
This year alone there have been four reported coyote attacks on humans. That’s up by one from the year before.
The most recent attack involved a 16-year-old girl from Castle Rock.
“It was a crazy experience,” said Heather McDonald.
McDonald had just finished celebrating homecoming with her boyfriend. After the big night, the couple decided to lounge around in the field in back of McDonald’s home.
Out of the corner of McDonald’s eye she happened to notice something that resembled a dog walking toward her. She didn’t quite know what to do.
“It was really fluffy. It looked like a small dog,” she said.
When she realized what it was, she panicked. She stood up and turned to the side, only to find the coyote snapping at her.
“It bit me. On my butt,” McDonald laughed. “I held still so it wouldn’t attack me or anything, but it came up and bit my butt.”
It’s not uncommon for a coyote to go after a person’s mid section. After all, they’re not large creatures.
“Counting coyotes would probably be like trying to count squirrels,” said Jennifer Churchill, a spokesperson for Colorado DNR.
Churchill says more and more coyotes are popping up in more urban areas for a few reasons.