A coyote attacked a Kuna man on the 600 block of North Shady Grove Way last thursday night around 9 p.m. Gene (who asked his last name not be used) was walking home after dropping his truck off for repair when he said he felt something hit the back of his leg hard enough to almost knock him down. He turned around and there, about 15-20 feet away was a large male coyote.
Gene is a hunter and outdoorsman and within about one second determined it was not a dog because of the size, the ears and the coat.
“Coyotes sneak up on their prey,” he said. “Dogs growl and bark.”
The coyote then attacked him again at which time Gene managed to kick him square in the shoulder causing the animal to back off. He then grabbed some rocks to throw about the same time the animal attempted for a third time to go after him. The coyote then ran away.
“I’m a 225 pound man,” Gene said. “I’m concerned because there are a lot of kids in that neighborhood and he could have really hurt someone smaller. I’ve never seen a coyote attack a man before. If it would go after me, it would go after kids.”
Gene said he reported the incident to police but is concerned that if the animal is sick, or has rabies, it could hurt someone.
The Idaho Humane Society have not had any reports of aggressive coyotes in the area in the last few days. The IHS dispatch said that rabies is really rare in the area.
“We take these reports very seriously,” said Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator with Idaho Fish and Game. He said that coyote attacks happen but they are very rare. He added that even more rare is incidents of rabies in coyotes.
There were no sightings over the weekend reported to the police or Idaho Fish & Game according to Oneale.
“Our suspicion is that someone is feeding the coyote,” he said. “We think it has gotten habituated to humans.”
He added, “Feeding any wildlife is a bad idea.”
If you see this animal please report it to the IF&G office in Nampa at 208-465-8465.