Paula Fox’s dog, Jake, barely survived an attack by a coyote as he played in their front yard. Fox’s other dog LeeLee alerted her husband who arrived just in time to save Jake.
“The coyote was pretty defiant. He scared the coyote away and it ran off behind the house,” said Fox.
Jake had several broken ribs and multiple cuts, but after several surgeries, he’s recovering. Mansfield veterinarians say they’ve seen a steady increase of attacks on pets since August, but not all have survived the attack.
Mansfield Animal Control has gotten several complaints.
Though they did not have an exact number, Belinda Willis, Marketing and Communications Director for the city of Mansfield, said it has become enough of a problem that Animal Control is addressing the issue with city council in a meeting Monday night.
The coyote population is the highest it’s ever been, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. With a dwindling wolf population, coyotes have no natural predators.