Riverside, Illinois resident Roger Nelson let his five-year-old beagle out for some fresh air when the dog ran afoul of four coyotes. According to WGN-TV, Nelson’s beagle ran back into the house with the coyote pack hot on his heels. Nelson managed to shut the door on the animals, but that did not stop the assault.

“[The coyotes] broke the glass on the screen door, and then they broke two panels on the actual wood door into the house,” Nelson told WGN-TV in an interview. With no other options, Nelson retrieved a high-powered BB gun to shoot two of the coyotes. That seemed to do the trick, as the creatures fled before police arrived.

“Twenty-five years on the job here, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this,” said Police. Sgt. Bill Gutschick.

Unlike some other wild animals the coyote adapted to living in urban areas, sometimes to the dismay of pet owners. Coyotes are opportunistic by nature and will attack anything smaller than itself as a potential food source. Coyotes are now fast becoming the top carnivore in several metropolitan areas, including Chicago. These animals represent a moderate threat to domestic pets and humans while ranging for food. Wildlife management is trying to keep up with their population rates. An annual average of 7,000 coyotes are harvested in the state of Illinois and hunting is open year round.

“Coyotes do not know the difference between pets and the wild creatures they hunt, so try to protect pets by accompanying them outdoors,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a release. “Most importantly, use caution near any wild animal.”

Additional information about coyotes and coyote management in Illinois can be found here.

Image from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife on the flickr Creative Commons

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  • Shame on the homeowner for not having a “real” gun.

  • Tim

    Hear! hear ! It’s all about protection.

  • Sun City Dude

    Hey guys,that was in Illinois.You know,where real guns are not allowed to be owned by anyone but the retard criminals and corrupt politicians.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Maybe we can train coyotes to go after gang-bangers and drug dealers?

  • Andy S.

    You would be surprised at what is being called a “BB”/”Pellet” gun these day’s. I have quite a few, and as just one example, a .22 Webley Alecto pistol, & it will send a 21.grain H&N Baracuda round d/r at 650fps,and My .22 Cometa Fusion will send that same round d/r at over 900fps, That’s close to 35-36 ft-lbs, I guarantee that will stop any animal in it’s track’s, and while not being lethal(unless you know exactly where to shoot)against humans, it will most definitely make them think twice about what they’re doing. Cheer’s, Andy.,,Thing’s have come along way since your Pop’s Daisy.