Skip to comments.Coyotes attack man near Niwot; wildlife officials kill two of three involved (CO)
Posted on 10/17/2013 3:11:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
LONGMONT -- Andrew Dickehage probably will think twice before deciding to walk to work again anytime soon.
Dickehage, 22, had been having car troubles, so at 5 a.m. Monday he was walking on North 73rd Street near Niwot Road on his way to work at CCI, on the IBM campus. That's when three coyotes attacked him.
Dickehage said he was walking along and heard a twig snap.
"I didn't think much of it," he said. "I thought it was probably a bunny."
Dickehage said he turned on his flashlight to see what made the noise when the largest of the three animals attacked.
The coyotes lunged at Dickehage, biting and scratching him has he continue along about a 70-yard stretch of road, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.
Dickehage said the larger coyote launched at him a second time after the initial attack. That's when he "crushed its head with my flashlight." The two smaller coyotes then started to attack.
"They were continuously jumping on me one after the other after the other," he said. "It was nonstop. It was so dark all I could see was the glimmer of their eyes."
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Very unusual for coyotes to attack a grown adult. A sign of the times, perhaps.
Don’t they get the first bite free, like pit bulls?
My thoughts also. :)
there. Fixed it.
What state is this ???
Yes, and I believe it is a sign of the times.
Too many people want to learn to live with them and other predators, the animals get used to humans and lose their fear.
Seriously, the Indians had a saying to never trust a coyote.
However, while coyotes will sometimes group attack animals, especially dogs, they generally don’t dare to attack humans, so I suspect *something* is up. And the authorities better find out what it is in a hurry.
Coyotes do not fight other animals for dominance like dogs. They fight to kill.
Colorado, Niwot is not far from Boulder.
It is unusual. This is first attack on a man I recall. I’ve camped plenty in coyote country and never been bothered by them.
“Luckily it wasn’t a small person or kid that was attacked. “
He works where I do. We saw him when he made it to work and someone was helping him sit down against the wall and my boss saw him walking to work and swerved to miss him. There are no lights on that road at all and it’s bordered by ranches and farms. It looked like someone had smacked the crap out of his face and that’s what we thought had happened. Poor guy, I’ve never heard of Coyotes acting like that.
Thanks for your input. I can well imagine he was really shaken.
I’ve seen them living in dens 25 feet behind a row of houses.
Big male came out and watched us working with heavy machinery.
I know a guy who shoots over 100 year here in the cornfields of IN.
We know also have cougars running around.
Remember that adult female folk singer that was killed in Canada by coyotes a few years ago? Sad story. She probably had no idea that coyotes can -- and will -- attack.
I live pretty close to the center of Houston and we have coyotes here that travel up and down Buffalo Bayou. They leave the bayou and go into the surrounding neighborhoods. Normally they are very nocturnal but occasionally you see one in the day time. If they are living here in the center of Houston, they are living just about everywhere.
“Sign of the times”
And the lefty nut cases want more wolves & cougars.
Colorado. I saw the local news item this week. What was funny was that they put up a picture of coyotes while they were talking on about the attack but added a disclaimer that the coyotes in the picture were NOT the ones who had attacked.
We wouldn’t want the wrong coyote unjustly accused!
“Very unusual for coyotes to attack a grown adult. A sign of the times, perhaps”
I guess their EBT cards weren’t working. :-)
The state's advice in the article seems somewhat insufficient:
"Churchill advised that people walking through areas where coyotes might be present "need to be aware of their surroundings" and might consider preparing themselves by carrying an air horn, a walking stick, deterrent spray or even a pocket full of rocks to throw at coyotes and scare them away if they approach."
In the case of this attack a pistol or a machete would have been more like what was necessary.
Yes, they are in most any city that has open space in or around it which are most cities.
That advice excludes the obvious and it should have listed it among the options, especially when a sitting Governor has dealt with the same problem during a morning run, while carrying his jogging pistol.
Niwot is on the state highway between Boulder, Colorado and Longmont, at the edge of Longmont. They used to be small towns, but these days they are just suburbs, with some open spaces between housing and a few farms still. Not particularly wild.
Coyotes in Florida have taken up their scavenging lifestyles in populated areas (aka cities). Vicious coordinated pack behavior, coyotes will readily attack a small dog being walked on a long leash. Local extension agents recommend walking small pets on short leashes these days. Coyotes are good jumpers too. A short 4ft fence will not keep them out of your yard.
I was in Longmont yesterday dealing with flood damage remediation in Lyons. The catastrophe has displaced a lot of animals... but the scavenger type animals have been having a buffet of washed up rotting fish and crayfish. You can see coon and coyote tracks in the mud everywhere.
We can hear them hunting at night from our house. Its a creepy noise they make.
As usual, something like this has to happen because the government doesn’t want to upset other Bunny Huggers by allowing 24/7 hunting with lights and electronic callers so that wouldn’t happen. This guy should have had a handgun along if in such country.
Yeah, really bad advice there, and... umm... a walking stick? What is this, Victorian England? We’ve all got federally subsidized mobility scooters now!
I see coyotes regularly and I chase them. Heh.
Wildlife Officers were unable to catch the third coyote, who fled at a high rate of speed while wearing a pair of ACME Atomic Powered Roller Skates.
I heard a spine-tingling howl in the pre dawn hours of deer season several years back. I never sleep in the woods Rip Van Winkle Style after that. It’s really strange I started getting white hair at 32.
I like to chase them with a 55gr from a 22-250, they can’t out run them.
LOL! ACME used to do a really good business.
They just need to reintroduce wolves to eat the coyotes. And then, they can introduce tigers to eat the wolves. And then they can introduce killer whales to eat the tigers.
“Churchill advised that people walking through areas where coyotes might be present “need to be aware of their surroundings” and might consider preparing themselves by carrying an air horn, a walking stick, deterrent spray or even a pocket full of rocks to throw at coyotes and scare them away if they approach.”
Right. Sticks and rocks. Typical Boulder solution. Heaven forbid anyone carry a gun for protection in Boulder County. After all, guns are BAAAAAAAAAAAAD!
You’re right but I imagine Andrew wishes he’d have been carrying that morning, hopefully this incident made a believer out of him and many more.
Had one howlin right outside my window (in S. Austin) one morning. Woke me RIGHT up. I’ve seen them several times, mostly in the early morning.
on the map looks just south of Numnutz
CCI is also a personnel outsourcing agency (not exactly ‘temp’ work but they do often subcontract to man call centers). My guess is that he works at an IBM call center for CCI.
Yep, just northeast of it too.
“Thanks for your input. I can well imagine he was really shaken.”
He was in shock, as I would have been.
Tracked one that ran down some does across my place. It was after a rain, with no crackling ground cover/leaves, and I got within 25 feet of the lead coyo-dog who was howling for the rest of the pack on the track of the deer. Was stunned at the size. This was a cross breed with maybe a timberwolf that got out of a breeder’s place or a wolf/alsatian crossbreed with the coyote. Game and Fish people say the coyo-dogs are out there, and ... larger.
So, this is a different animal. Moved to behind a tree, and he saw me and hauled tail— fast, too. Pack did not show up. I should have dropped him with the double ought buck load, first. We are on a culling campaign with the game and fish supervising (method is messy w/ a treble hook/hotdog).
Amen to that.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say that if a coyote approaches you:
Do not run or turn your back.
Be as big and loud as possible.
Wave your arms and throw objects.
Face the coyote and back away slowly.
If attacked, fight back.
Fight back? Anyone who needs to be told this is probably dead meat walking. Hell yes, "fight back"! And have something with you to use to fight back. Several somethings. Lately I've augmented my carry piece with a tomahawk of which I am growing inordinately fond. Doesn't weigh much and it's only a "camping tool" if anyone asks.
That might not go down real well in the 'burbs but out here in the sticks it's just fine. This isn't Ponyland or Friendship Garden, and those rustling sounds aren't unicorns.