Resident, dog surrounded, rescued by police – NBC Boston


A resident of Swampscott, Mass., was surrounded by a pack of nine coyotes on Friday night and was only able to escape after police responded and scared the animals away.

Swampscott police say they received a call around 9:30 p.m. from a resident who said he was walking his dog on Rockyledge Road when a large group of coyotes surrounded them and did not back away.

When the police arrived, they said they saw at least nine coyotes. The coyotes were spooked by the approaching police cars and strobe lights. Officers escorted the resident and his dog to their home without further incident, but police are now warning residents to be aware of their surroundings when walking at night when coyotes are most active.

According to the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, coyotes often live in suburban or urban areas, but they are generally afraid of people. They are known to prey on unattended livestock and pets.

If you encounter a coyote or coyotes, police suggest shouting and waving your arms when approaching the animals, using noisemakers, throwing small projectiles into the coyote’s general area, or using hoses or water guns. They said the easiest way to scare a coyote is to “be loud and big.” They suggest standing up, waving your arms, and yelling at the coyote.

Police suggest bringing homemade noisemakers, a small air horn, squirt guns or pepper spray while walking your dog. They also stressed the importance of not running away from a coyote.

This isn’t the first report of aggressive coyotes in Swampscott. In July, coyotes attacked people in at least two separate incidents. Aggressive coyotes have also been reported in other parts of Massachusetts over the summer.