DENVER -- Broomfield and Boulder often make news for attacks by coyotes.
But southeast Denver is the center of two coyote attacks early Thursday morning—about one mile apart.
One, in the 4300 block of E. Harvard Ave, left a dog dead and another injured.
The second, injured a dog in the 3,000 block of S. Holly Place.
Dee, the beagle, and Baby, the Aussie terrier were taking care of business in the backyard about 1:30 a.m.
“All of a sudden, 20 to 30 minutes later, we heard an incredible racket, barking, howling,” says the dog’s owner Michelle Bougere.
When she brought the dogs inside, she noticed a large cut on Baby’s side.
“There was blood all over me,” she says.
She took him to Alameda East Animal Hospital where a vet told her at least one coyote attacked her animal.
“The vet told me how lucky we are,” says Bougere.
“We’re seeing many more dogs with attacks,” says veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.
Baby was bitten at least 15 times on her face, leg, back and neck—requiring several stitches and drainage tubes.
“Their bites are directed toward the neck, toward the rump. They are trying to hamstring them and prevent them from running away and they’re trying to finish them with the neck bites,” says Dr. Fitzgerald.
In another Denver neighborhood, in the 4300 block of E. Harvard Ave., a pack of coyotes jumped the six-foot fence of a home.
“She let her dogs out and a pack of six coyotes came into the yard and attacked the dogs,” says neighbor Chris Antonellis, who spoke to the distraught dog owner.
The attack forced the dog owner to euthanize the greyhound. The other survived.
“I have been complaining about the coyotes for eight months now. I woke up one morning and saw three of them sitting in the front yard as if nothing was going on,” says Antonellis.
He says the wild animals have been living on a neighboring piece of vacant property.
“I was shocked an animal could jump that high,” says Bougere.
She says the coyotes also jumped her six-foot fence.
It’s a physical feat that means protecting her dogs even more than before.
“Never again. My dogs will never go in the backyard again,” says Bougere.
The best things you can do to protect your pets from a coyote attack is not to leave them outside after dark.
Also, install motion lights on your property.
Keep your dog on a leash.
And if you see a coyote, pick up your pet and walk away.