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Coyotes Attack Man Walking His Dog In Kent, Washington [Video]

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Kent, WA — A pack of wild coyotes attacked a man in Washington Friday, leaving him with wounds that forced him to spend most of the evening in the hospital.

Q13Fox.com reports that Faron Scarberry was walking his dog Friday outside his home in Kent, Washington when three coyotes emerged from the woods approached him.

“They were coming around the bush and I guess they were going after my puggle,” Scarberry said. “One of them lunged up towards me and I kind of pushed it away with my hand and its front claws scratched my hand and wrist. Then one of the grabbed me by the pant leg and started shaking my leg so I just started kicking and hitting at them to get them off of me and they ran back under the fence.”

As a result of the attack, Scarberry spent most of the night in the emergency room, diagnosed with a coyote bites and scratches. In addition, he had to endure 26 painful rabies injections, two shots in his hip, and 24 in his leg.

Despite the incident, Scarberry insisted he and his dog would remain in Kent and that the run-in wouldn’t scare him away.

“I’m not a big city person so this is more my style,” he said.

Wildlife experts say winter is the time of year coyote issues become more constant, as the lack of fruit — a staple in the coyote’s diet — send the animals savaging for food.

“They rely heavily on fruit. All the fruit is gone now, so they’re now in scavenging mode – cats, little dogs are a treat, and they’ll eat them,” Sgt. Kim Chandler of the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says.

KOMO News has more on Faron Scaryberry’s scary coyote attack. Here’s a video discussing the attack:

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33 Responses to “Coyotes Attack Man Walking His Dog In Kent, Washington [Video]”

  1. Dan Anderson

    Kim Chandler of the State Dept. of Resources has to be misquoted in this article. Coyotes don't eat fruit, never have eaten fruit and never will eat fruit. Coyotes are carnivores and will eat roadkill to mice but I've never seen a pack swarm an apple orchard or a black berry bush.

  2. Kevin Bean

    We had a coyote on our job in the Arboretum. He was eating fallen apples.

  3. Valerieann Kiser

    I read that and laughed. Keep your yard clean no smells of rotting garbage and preditors will not be there looking for food . That would be rats racoons. Possums. And coyotes. Think about ir if you were dieing of starvation you would do anything so will they

  4. Christopher Hermo

    We live on a ranch in Malibu and the coyotes here pull the cactus fruits fruit off the cactus break it open and eat the inside leaving the skin. That's how smart they are.

  5. Jim Herron

    We frequently see them rolling in and consuming rotting apples in our small apple orchard on our Montana ranch.

  6. Candace M. Orr

    When they get hungry enough to start attacking people, there are too many of them. They need to be hunted and their population thinned out. This leaves enough food for the rest.

  7. John Reuskens

    the story would be a bit more interesting if it were a pack of rabid Puggles roaming the streets.

  8. Captn Donald

    that's a very odd looking coyote bite; there are no incisor tooth marks which are typical of a dog type bite! Kind of a weird story…actually, kinda hard to believe.

  9. Gil Lenger

    They eat from our plum trees as well. Dude needs to be packing!

  10. Anonymous

    BS If 3 coyotes attacked him, and all he has is some scratches? Not so much of an attack.

  11. RolandandRita Russ

    My first thought was..if he had a pistol it wouldn't have been a problem.

  12. Bob Palmquist

    A coyote is a survivalist, they will eat anything to keep themselves alive. They're also just like all the rest of us, they have preferences of what they would rather eat….

  13. Jayne Miller

    How do we know these were not just dogs? 4000 US citizens each year are attacked by pet domestic dogs. 100 citizens are killed in these attacks yet THAT does not make the news! Of the 4000 pet domestic dog attacks, many are children that are disfigured for life from the attack. This is ridiculous news.

  14. Jayne Miller

    How do we know these were not just dogs??? 4000 US citizens each year are attacked by pet domestic dogs. 100 citizens are killed in these attacks yet THAT does not make the news! Of the 4000 pet domestic dog attacks, many are children that are disfigured for life from the attack. This particular news is ridiculous news.

  15. Jayne Miller

    How do we know these were not just dogs??? 4000 US citizens each year are attacked by pet domestic dogs. 100 citizens are killed in these attacks yet THAT does not make the news! Of the 4000 pet domestic dog attacks, many are children that are disfigured for life from the attack. This is ridiculous news.

  16. Jayne Miller

    I agree. How do we know these were not just dogs??? 4000 US citizens each year are attacked by pet domestic dogs. 100 citizens are killed in these attacks yet THAT does not make the news! Of the 4000 pet domestic dog attacks, many are children that are disfigured for life from the attack. This is ridiculous news.

  17. Jayne Miller

    I agree. How do we know these were not just dogs??? 4000 US citizens each year are attacked by pet domestic dogs. 100 citizens are killed in these attacks yet THAT does not make the news! Of the 4000 pet domestic dog attacks, many are children that are disfigured for life from the attack. This is ridiculous news.

  18. Millie White

    Jayne Miller
    Why do keep posting the same RIDICULOUS rant over and over and over? Anyone that's ever seen a coyote knows what one looks like.

  19. Mary Garber Barker

    Jayne, have you seen coyotes? I live in AZ and we have them everywhere. There is NO mistaking a dog for a coyote. NO mistaking them. The are built differently, move differently, sound differently, behave differently. Out here having coyotes around is a way of life. I even have to beat them to my annual Christmas delivery of my Christmas sausage I special order. If I am not there when the UPS guy drops it off, I may see it running off down the road! Coyotes are now found in most cities. I have lived all over the US and most everywhere I have lived, no matter how urban, city, or rural it may be, I always see them. They are struggling with loss of food and territory as well as being opportunists…..they love a free meal of a cat or small dog. I am in animal rescue as well and I personally know of many folks who have lost animals to coyotes (and owl, hawks, other birds of prey).

  20. Millie White

    Haven't been around them much have you? Yes, they eat fruit.

  21. Mary Garber Barker

    Also….coyotes are very, very smart. They are problem solvers. They are smart enough to know that the human is in the way. Attacking him was a means to and end….to get the little puggle. One of many encounters I am aware of happened to a friend of mine and I helped chase off the coyotes. She had just spoken to me, took her little fluffy white Bichon mix for a walk just several hundred feet off into the wash and mesquite brush….I heard screaming….I ran….a pack (they are pack hunters who hunt in cooperation with one another) had surrounded her, some trying to keep her occupied and other attempting to take her dog. This is how all pack hunters work….they each have different jobs but it is all to get the end result….a meal.