A man and a small dog in Mira Mesa are afraid of coyotes near their home
MIRA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — The owner of a small dog in Mira Mesa thinks a situation Sunday night could have been much worse.
A neighbor of Bryan Kramer’s home surveillance cameras captured the moments that more than surprised the man and his best friend.
“I took her out for a nightcap, you know, between 10 and 11 p.m. for about a good year, and I never worried about a thing,” said Kramer, whose dog narrowly avoided a coyote attack. . “I brought her in and let her into the yard here. We had just started walking in this direction. And then the coyote apparently snuck across the street here and took her. almost had for lunch or dinner, I should say.”
It was a brief but frightening moment for Kramer and his two-year-old dog Delilah that could have been much worse.
“The coyote missed its target, or maybe I surprised it at the last minute. I’m not sure what happened,” Kramer said. “It all happened like before I even realized it more or less. It was really very lucky because she could have been hurt.”
Seeing a coyote is not an uncommon sight.
Dr. Alexander Heeren of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife said that at this time of year, southern California coyotes are likely to have their young. Residents may see more coyotes as the young pups grow and begin to venture out of their dens.
“People tend to be more outdoors as well,” Heeren said. “They tend to go out for fun, maybe hiking, biking, walking their dog, and because people are more active, they may encounter coyotes as well.”
Herran said wildlife sightings are increasing every year.
One thing that contributes to this are things like camera footage like this.
“With new technologies, whether it’s social media, doorbell cameras and other types of technology, they see wildlife and can report those sightings in ways that they haven’t been able to by the past,” Heeren said.
After this coyote scare nearly turns into a coyote attack, Kramer is on high alert as he walks his precious Delilah around.
“We’ll try to change his schedule a bit to accommodate that. I also take a stick with me if it’s late and dark. And I stay away from that sucker .”
Heeren said that while their department sees an increase in wildlife or coyote sightings, it’s difficult to analyze. He told ABC 10News that it’s unclear if this has contributed to a growing coyote population or if people have a better knowledge of writing sighting reports.