Coyote attacks on humans

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A sign discouraging people from feeding coyotes. Feeding them can habituate them to human presence, thus increasing the likelihood of attack.

Coyote attacks on humans are uncommon and rarely cause serious injuries, due to the relatively small size of the coyote, but have been increasingly frequent, especially in the state of California. In the 30 years leading up to March 2006, at least 160 attacks occurred in the United States, mostly in the Los Angeles County area.In comparison 300,000 people a year go to hospitals for dog bite related injuries.[1] Data from the USDA's Wildlife Services, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other sources show that while 41 attacks occurred during the period of 1988–1997, 48 attacks were verified from 1998 through 2003. The majority of these incidents occurred in Southern California near the suburban-wildland interface.[2]

In the absence of the harassment of coyotes practiced by rural people, urban coyotes are losing their fear of humans, which is further worsened by people intentionally or unintentionally feeding coyotes. In such situations, some coyotes have begun to act aggressively toward humans, chasing joggers and bicyclists, confronting people walking their dogs, and stalking small children.[2]

Although media reports of such attacks generally identify the animals in question as simply "coyotes", research into the genetics of the eastern coyote indicates those involved in attacks in northeast North America, including Pennsylvania, New York, New England, and eastern Canada, may have actually been coywolves, hybrids of Canis latrans and Canis lupus, not fully coyotes.[3]

Fatal attacks[edit]

Two fatal coyote attacks have been confirmed by experts:

Non-fatal attacks[edit]

On children[edit]

A coyote approaches a child in a school yard in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.

Due to their small size, coyote attacks tend to be a greater threat to children than they are to adults. While their bushy hair can make them look quite large, they rarely weigh more than thirty-five pounds. Also, unlike some other canids, such as grey wolves, they are relatively less apt to hunt in packs large enough to take down a full-grown adult human being.

California (1978–2003)[edit]

A study published in 2004 [6] documented 35 incidents (not all listed) in which a child escaped likely "serious or fatal injury" if the child had not been rescued in time, including:


Coyote attacks on children not included in the California study include:

On adults[edit]

Much of the published scholarly research on coyote attacks on adults comes from California, but press reports detail attacks all across the continent.

California (1979–2003)[edit]

Not all the coyote attacks on adults in California between 1979 and 2003 reported by Timm, et al. resulted in injury. In some, bitten articles of clothing or backpacks show that injury was narrowly avoided. In others, the attack was immediately broken off by the coyote once it could make off with an item the uninjured victim was carrying. While several victims were hiking, working, or jogging in unpopulated areas, many occurred at the victim’s own home. Many appear to have been “test bites” on people who seemed incapacitated, but as soon as the victim reacted, the attack was abandoned. A selection of these attacks are listed below. Some add context to one or more of the attacks on children listed above. Many began as attacks on a person’s pet, provoking sequential counter-attacks.[6]

YearTime of yearLocationVictimActivitySurroundingsResultTime of day
1979JunePasadenaMPicking up newspaperYardHeel bittenEarly morning
1979JulyPasadenaMJogging ?Both legs bitten, chased up tree ?
1988Oct.San DiegoFTalking on phoneYardBitten ?
1990JuneReds Meadow ?SleepingCampgroundHand bittenNight
1990JuneReds Meadow ?SleepingCampgroundFoot bittenNight
1992Mar.San MarcosFDefending dogYardFace bitten ?
1992AprilFallbrookMWorkingGroveBitten ?
1994Mar.Griffith ParkM ? ?BittenNoon
1995Mar.Griffith ParkFPreparing foodYardBittenDay
1995JuneLaguna NiguelMStargazingYardFoot bittenNight
1995JuneLaguna NiguelMPicking up newspaperYardFoot bittenMid-morning
1995JulyGriffith ParkMSleepingLawnFoot bitten2:45 PM
1995JulyGriffith ParkMSleepingLawnFoot bitten4 PM
1997Jan.San Juan CapistranoTwo F ? ?Ankle bitten twice, pulled to ground ?
1997Jan.San Juan CapistranoF ? ?Lunch pail stolen ?
1997Jan.San Juan CapistranoF ? ?Purse stolen ?
1997Jan.San Juan CapistranoM ? ?Shoe bittenBefore dawn
1997Jan.San Juan CapistranoM ? ?Backpack successfully defended ?
1997Feb.South Lake Tahoe areaMFeeding the coyote ?Hand that fed it bitten ?
1997Sept.PomonaM ? ?Bitten on ankle ?
1998Nov.San Mateo CountyFHiking in a group ?Buttock bitten ?
1998Nov.San Mateo CountyFHiking in a group ?Pant leg bitten ?
1999SpringSouth Lake Tahoe areaTwo ? ?Bitten ?
1999SpringSouth Lake Tahoe areaF ?Motel parking lotBitten ?
1999MayCanyon CountryMDefending dog ?ScratchedNight
1999Aug.Green Valley LakeFDefending dogYard"Attacked", captive in car8:30 AM
1999Oct.Ventura CountyMBicycling w/dog, six coyotes ?"Attacked" ?
2000Feb.CalimesaMDefending dogYardCuts, scrapes, and bruises9 PM
2001AprilPomona54-year-old FDefending dogYardLeg bitten4:30 PM
2001JulyTustinF ? ?Bitten ?
2001Aug.Hollywood HillsMDefending dog ?Bitten 8 times11:50 PM
2001Aug.IrvineFDefending dog ?Bitten4:30 PM
2001Sept.AgouraFDefending dog ?"Attacked"7:15 AM
2001Sept.LancasterMWalking ?Fought off 4 coyotes with walking stickMorning
2001Nov.La Habra HeightsFWalkingGolf courseArm bittenDaytime
2002MayLos AngelesMWalking dog ?"Attacked"Evening
2002JulyWoodland Hills, Los AngelesF ? ?Arm bitten6 AM
2002JulyWoodland Hills, Los AngelesMWalkingBetween car and garageBoot bitten ?
2002JulyCarlsbadFWalking dog, 8-10 coyotes ?Bitten10 PM
2002Nov.Woodland Hills, Los AngelesFDefending dog ?Fractured elbow, scratched1 PM
2002Dec.East HighlandMWorkingUtility work areaPants bittenEvening
2002Dec.East HighlandM ? ?"Attacked"Evening
2003Feb.Lake View Terrace"Jogger"JoggingNear "neighborhood coyote feeding station"Ankle bitten ?
2003Nov.ClaremontM3-4 coyotes ?Successfully defended self w/ walking stick8 AM

Press reports[edit]

Although some minor coyote attacks on adults may go unreported in the news media, news reports of such attack can be found.


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  44. ^ "Possible coyote attack at Mass. university". WBZ-CBS Boston. December 13, 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013. "Brandeis University is telling students to be on the lookout for wild animals. The Waltham, Mass. school sent out an advisory saying a female student was possibly bitten by a coyote Wednesday morning. It has not been confirmed that the animal was, in fact, a coyote." 
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  50. ^ McCarron, Heather (9 May 2013). "Wrentham woman bit by coyote, animal control investigating". Country Gazzette. Retrieved 10 May 2013. "It is unknown if the coyote is rabid or was displaying any signs of the illness. In such cases where a contact occurs and a wild animal is not captured, bite victims are usually treated for rabies as a precaution, according to the health board. The woman is undergoing the treatment. Read more: Wrentham woman bit by coyote, animal control investigating - Bellingham, MA - Country Gazette Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike Follow us: @WickedLocal on Twitter | 119311408344 on Facebook" 
  51. ^ "Coyote 'plays around' with camper Visitor was outdoors in sleeping bag at Silver Sage Campground". Kamloops The Daily News. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. "the man was in a sleeping bag outside when the coyote attacked him at about 12:30 a.m. at the campground on Athabasca Street East" 
  52. ^ De Good, Jade (25 June 2013). "Email claims coyote attack in east Wichita". KWCH 12 Eyewitness News. Retrieved 27 June 2013. "An email sent to homeowners in the Rocky Creek subdivision warns of coyotes in the area. It says, "Last week one of my irrigation guys was attacked by 2 coyotes near the sidewalk west of the bridge... They tore his pants but did not break the skin." The email was initially sent to the Homeowners Association in order to get the word out for people to watch the area." 
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  54. ^ Brice, Jennifer (16). "Coyote Attack Victim Glad It Was Him And Not A Child". Video and Text reports. CBS-4, Denver. Retrieved 17 October 2013. "“So I took my flashlight and hit it over the side of the head to get it to let go. As soon as I got it to let go then another one went to lunge at me. All I really thought to do was swing and knock it to get it from jumping at me again,” Dickehage said. “Picture closing your eyes and having the three figures, you can barely see them, and all you could do is keep your hands up and just make sure that they weren’t going for the face. “You feel the initial impact, and as soon as you felt it, then you could react and go to shove, but, I mean, after that … all I could try doing was make sure I was moving backwards.”" 
  55. ^ "Wildlife officials: Coyotes that attacked Niwot man did not have rabies". ABC Channel 7 News. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. "Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they captured the three coyotes within two days of the attack. "All three animals tested negative for rabies," officials said." 
  56. ^ Greer, Dena (November 2013=A man was attacked Friday morning by a coyote near a country club in Mansfield, said Mansfield Police and an ODNR spokesperson. Police said the victim called 9-1-1 to report seeing a pack of four coyotes around 11 a.m. in the 900 block of Springmill Road near the Westbrook Country Club. Mansfield police responded to the scene to find the man had been bitten, said the ODNR spokesperson. The ODNR game warden was called in to investigate. The spokesperson said the man was transported to the hospital with injuries that appear to be coyote bite marks. ODNR did not find any coyotes in the area, but said the victim’s supervisor and a law enforcement officer reported seeing the coyotes. The victim worked for a golf club in the area.). "Coyote bite sends man to hospital". Mansfield, OH: WEWS-TV ABC News 5. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  57. ^ Carr, Dillon (2 November 2013). "Coyote attacks man near Westbrook Country Club". Richland Source. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "Earlier today, a pack of coyotes reportedly attacked 21 year-old Matthew Storer. The incident occurred while Storer was blowing leaves in a parking lot near Westbrook Country Club off of SR 39. “I was blowing leaves and out of nowhere, a pack of coyotes came up to me and one of them latched onto my arm. I knocked it off and hit it on the snout and went to make some phone calls,” says Storer. Storer went to MedCenrtral but did not receive puncture wounds. He received shots at the hospital for precautionary purposes. “In fifteen years of being a wildlife officer, I have never heard of anything like this,” said Wildlife Officer Greg Wasilewski. He said this seems to be an isolated incident, because something like this does not happen often. “ He [Storer] had his headphones on and his hood up so maybe [the coyote] didn't associate him with being a human being,” said Wasilewski....The officer also pointed out that Richland County has a population of coyotes. A den has been identified near Harmon Street off Bowman Street, which is close to Hamilton Park. The park is set in a neighborhood community. According to the officer, a pack can be as large as 12 to 14 coyotes. “In this situation, there were three coyotes, so we would have to take them all out if we got here in time to see them. It is very hard to do that though,” said Wasilewski." 
  58. ^ Whitmire, Lou (2 November 2013). "Man escapes coyote pack near country club: Storer was mowing, injured when animals attacked". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "MANSFIELD — A man who was riding a lawnmower at the former Lumbermens Office Village was taken to the emergency room Friday after he told authorities he was attacked by a pack of coyotes. Matthew Storer said he was on the riding mower, wearing headphones and blowing leaves off the lot when the coyote attacked. “Next thing I know I’ve got a coyote latched to my left arm,” Storer said upon his return to the scene from MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital. Storer said he only suffered scratches and a wound, and did not require stitches, only rabies shots. His arm was injured in the incident which took place just before noon near Westbrook Country Club on Ohio 39, in Mansfield’s northwest side. Mansfield police Sgt. Angie Eichinger said she saw three coyotes when she arrived, but they disappeared into the woods. Police contacted the Richland County game warden, Greg Wasilewski. Wasilewski said he doesn’t know why they attacked the man. “In 15-plus years of being a wildlife officer in Richland County I’ve never heard anything like that,” Wasilewski said. “We get reports of lots of coyotes in the county and it doesn’t sound like it was provoked at all. He didn’t see it coming.” The wildlife officer said he believes it’s an isolated incident. “He had his headphones on and his hoodie up and maybe they didn’t associate him with a human being,” he said. “Typically when coyotes see us they go the other way. People just need to be aware that coyotes are here, don’t let it become a cat and mouse game,” he added. “Don’t turn your back on them.” Wasilewski said the coyotes are long gone and since Storer had a wound, the Mansfield-Ontario-Richland County Health Department would have liked to have the animal tested. Friday was the opening day of small game season, rabbits and pheasants. The incident, albeit unique, did not surprise Wasilewski. “There’s coyotes in the county, they live in Mansfield, the townships. We have to co-exist with them. We have to be aware of them,” he said. Storer said he escaped them by driving the lawnmower away from the coyotes. Coyotes usually travel in a family unit when they are hunting or foraging for food. Wasilewski said he never says never or always in his job. “When you’re dealing with wildlife, they’re unpredictable,” he said. “We manage wildlife in the state of Ohio and we discourage people from having wild animals as pets because they are unpredictable. This is a good example of this, you can’t trust them. They are wild animals for a reason.” Eric Howarth, golf course superintendent at Westbrook, said he sees the coyotes around every morning, but they usually have not been a problem. “Our deer population has gone down,” he said, noting the deer have probably been killed by the coyotes." 
  59. ^ Pfeiffer, Deborah (Dec 13, 2013). "Coyote cull begins following attack". PENTICTON AND SOUTH OKANAGAN News. © 2013 Retrieved 14 December 2013. ""The fact that they packed up and acted as aggressively as they did toward her is of concern, because normally they will just shy off by someone yelling or shooing them off," said conservation officer Jim Beck. Beck said he was alerted to the situation on Wednesday, when a friend of Sarah James, the woman who was attacked, called. James had been walking a friend's labradoodle on the Summerland Centennial Trail, when she was surrounded by three coyotes. The man told Beck the attack had occurred and that he was providing basic care to her. The injuries were defensive, which eliminated health concerns, said Beck. He had a follow up conversation with James Wednesday evening and another today, Friday, to see how she was doing and to inform her one coyote had been taken out in close proximity to where the attack took place. James, whose coat was torn up and left hand injured during the incident, has been recovering at home since it happened."