1:30 p.m., Jan. 6)
Coyote attacks dog near Chatelaine Village,
others spotted near Blackburn Hamlet
By Fred Sherwin
Steers holds her dog Spike after he was attacked
by a coyote on Tuesday. Her other dog Isis is
sitting in the foreground. Fred Sherwin/Photo
in Orléans and Blackburn Hamlet are being warned
to be on the lookout for coyotes after a dog was attacked
and mauled by a coyote in near the Ottawa River in Chatelaine
Village on Tuesday.
Steers was out walking her dogs Isis and Spike along the
Ottawa River Near Kingfisher Cres. late Tuesday afternoon
when she spotted a lone coyote on the ice. Within seconds
the coyote chased Spike, who was off his leash, grabbed
the 16 lb. Terrier-mix by the neck and ran off with him.
for her dog, Steers tried to give chase but soon lost
the coyote in the brush.
was screaming for him to let Spike go and I was trying
to run after them with my other dog Isis, but I lost them,"
couple of minutes later she spotted the coyote on the
ice again, but he was by himself. With darkness quickly
descending, Steers frantically looked for her dog, fearing
thought he might be dead, or worse that he was half ripped
apart and lying somewhere," says Steers.
a couple of hours, Steers returned home to drop Isis off
and grabbed a flashlight and some warmer clothes. She
went back to the area where Spike was attacked and resumed
the search for another hour or so, before finally calling
it a night.
sure whether Spike was alive or dead, she reluctantly
returned home with plans to go back again in the morning
was only home a few minutes when the phone rang.
lady called me and told that she had found spike on her
doorstep where we had parked the car for our walk. I guess
she was letting her cat out and she saw Spike. I couldn't
believe he was alive. I just started sobbing," says
Steers who rushed over to the house.
picking up Spike, Steers drove straight to the Alta Vista
Animal Hospital where he was treated for 10 puncture wounds
to the belly and neck and hypothermia. By Thursday he
was back on his feet.
has no malice towards the coyote, which she believes was
acting out of instinct, but she does want to warn other
dog owners to be aware when walking their dogs near natural
areas where coyotes maybe present.
don't want people to go on a which hunt and start calling
for a cull, and I don't think people should start putting
their dogs on a leash everywhere they go. I'll probably
still walk with my dogs off their leashes (in areas where
it's permitted) during the day, but after dusk I'll us
their leashes and I'll start carrying a flashlight with
me," says Steers.
there are always risks and I accept those risks. I just
want people to be aware of what potentially can happen."
number of coyotes have also been spotted near Tauvette
Park in Blackburn Hamlet in the past couple of weeks and
the Green's Creek area near the Hornet's Nest soccer facility.
Ministry of Natural Resources cautions people not to approach
or run away from a coyote when they see one. Instead,
they advise backing up slowly. People should also stand
tall, wave their arms and make noise.
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