Coyotes DO attack people and are getting bolder
(Oxford County, Ontario, Canada)
Ten years ago we frequently saw Coyotes on our farm.
They would flee immediately upon sight or sound from our house.
Over the years they have significantly increased in size and I've been advised their DNA shows they are now Wolf-Coyote hybrids.
Regardless, they've evolved and it's a problem
Twice they grabbed my Jack Russell Terrier and tried to cart him off only to be stopped by one of our very large dogs.
They frequently are in a pack of 3 - 5 and I've personally had them approach me from all angles.
Had my dogs not arrived I have no doubt I would have suffered injury.
One had bitten our neighbor in the calf as he walked out of his barn carrying a turkey.
Our neighbors witnessed a lone Coyote lure his Doberman to the forest where it was brutally attacked by five Coyotes.
My neighbor witnessed the tail end of this attack and fired a gun dispersing the pack. The dog did not survive.
They've come into our yard, watching and observing our whole family.
There are so many that hunters advised us they killed 54 behind our property in one month! This didn't seem to reduce the visible population since we continued to see them and have further encounters.
Electric fence doesn't work. They eventually become desensitized to other tactics as well.
Ten years ago I felt very strongly about protecting them. They changed and so have my feelings towards them.
They DO attack people and have even killed people. I don't understand why their behavior is being downplayed.