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By David Pan 

Resident and her dogs run into coyote in Japanese Gulch

Police: Encounters with coyotes are extremely rare


Last updated 5/19/2021 at 11:43am

Photo courtesy of City of Mukilteo

A resident reported a coyote attacked her dog while they were walking in the Japanese Gulch. Mukilteo Police said such incidents are extremely rare, as coyotes are very skittish among people.

A fight between a resident's dog and a coyote in the Japanese Gulch was an extremely unusual incident, according to Mukilteo police.

The resident told police she was walking her two dogs on a trail April 26 when a coyote attacked one of her dogs, who was on a leash. The other dog – not on a leash – fought off the coyote, sustaining injuries from the skirmish. The woman said the coyote followed her and her dogs for several minutes as they walked out of the gulch.

"These types of things are extremely rare to see," Mukilteo park ranger Ryan Fox said. "Most people know coyotes are usually s...

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