Coyote bites jogger near Boulder Creek Path prompting high foot patrol

Boulder police are warning residents after a jogger in the area was attacked by a coyote on Dec. 29, 2012. (Photo: Flickr)

(Photo: Flickr)

BOULDER, Colo. – Heavier foot patrol will spread around the Boulder Creek Path in east Boulder after a jogger was bitten in the calf by a coyote Satrurday, the Daily Camera reports.

The incident happened on Dec. 29, on the same trail where two prior coyote incidents have been reported in the past two weeks — one of which involved a coyote lunging at the feet of a cyclist.

The latest incident occurred between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. on the Skunk Creek Trail.

A female jogger spotted a coyote and its prey near the trail.

“While looking at (that coyote), a second coyote came close to her from behind,” Val Matheson, Boulder’s urban wildlife conservation coordinator, told the Daily Camera. “She wasn’t (initially) aware of that second one.” 

The woman turned and ran, felt a nipping at her heels then a sudden sharp pain in her calf from the bite of the coyote.

“I think turning your back and running away is a bad idea, because all the bites we’ve had have been in the back of the calf,” Mathenson said. “It seems like turning around and running is allowing an opportunity for the animal to attack.”

Wildlife experts recommend waving your arms and yelling rather than turning and running away if approached by an aggressive animal.

Another male jogger came to the woman’s assistance and the two were able to chase the coyote away. The woman was later treated at Boulder Community Hospital and a report was sent to park rangers.

City personnel and Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff will meet Friday to discuss the increase in coyote attacks. For now, the city will be stepping up foot patrol to both inform the public about the existing danger, and to make firsthand observations of any aggressive wildlife behavior.