Coyotes attack and kill small leashed dog at Country Hills Golf Club


Coyotes attack and kill small leashed dog at Country Hills Golf Club
  1. Coyotes attack and kill small leashed dog at Country Hills Golf Club
    calgarysun.com
    It was a sunny Friday morning, and Gordon Pearse was taking his daughter's dog Chewie out for a walk alongside a well-used path hedging the Country Hills Golf…
    Alberta

It was a sunny Friday morning, and Gordon Pearse was taking his daughter's dog Chewie out for a walk alongside a well-used path hedging the Country Hills Golf Club.

They were heading up a hill near the eighth hole of the course when all of a sudden Pearse saw a large coyote rushing at him. Panicked, Pearse tugged on the leash in an attempt to pull Chewie – a four-pound Shih-poo – into his arms. Yelling and waving his arms to scare the coyote off, Pearse noticed another coyote sneaking up behind him in the grass.

Frantically trying to ward the two coyotes off, Chewie slipped out of his collar. Pearse said it was only seconds before one of the coyotes took off with Chewie and killed him.

"It was so fast and shocking," Pearse said. "I was yelling and screaming, but it didn’t back down. They had no fear whatsoever, it was a total ambush."

A shaken up Pearse then had to break the news to his daughter, who was away on holidays when the incident happened. Pearse said Chewie was his grandkids', who are eight and 10 years old, first dog.

"He was only a year old. He was just the sweetest little dog," he said.

Despite the unexpected loss Friday, Pearse said what was especially discomforting was not only the coyotes' lack of fear, but that it seemed like a planned attack. In the 13 years Pearse said his family has been living in Panorama Hills, they've gotten to know the coyotes well.

Pearse said the animals are so intelligent, he's even seen them scale a five-foot fence to get into a yard in search of food. And while the City of Calgary closed down part of the Panorama Hills path leading to the golf course due to coyote dens in the area Friday, Pearse said he doubts it will do much to deter the animals.

"This isn't something that just happens on occasion, we seem them almost every day on the golf course," he said. "I have no doubt that if I had been able to pull Chewie into my arms, I would have been the next target."

With breeding season underway, city officials closed two paths in northwest…

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