BC Woman Rescued From Coyote Attack Seeks Good Samaritans – Keremeos Review
Kristy Addison wants to find the people who saved her and her little dog from a coyote attack.
It happened Wednesday, June 29 at around 9:30 p.m. on the last leg of Addison’s nighttime walk with her dog, Cena, just south of Robertson Crescent on 244th Street in the community of Aldergrove in Langley, about five minutes walk from her house.
She noticed that cattle on a farm on the west side of 244th were skittish, “very vocal and acting weird around their calves.”
“Cena and I drove through the east side of 244th thinking maybe the look or smell of it was startling the cattle,” Addison recounted.
“At that moment, a pack of coyotes came out of the ditch right in front of the ranch.”
There were three of them and they started heading in his direction.
Addison began to back away, fearing the coyotes would view Cena as prey.
When one of them lunged at her, she yelled back, “while trying to puff up to look taller and stare him down and challenge his dominance because at this point I don’t still wasn’t scared.”
It did not work. As the coyotes closed in, she picked up her dog.
After having Cena on her shoulders, one of the coyotes, the one who had rushed her in the first place, began to break her legs.
“I was trying to kick him and back up, while screaming as deep and hard as I could.”
“The coyote has now branded my leg and pants with its mouth at least three [to] four times. And I have heart pains as my heart is racing and I’m starting to panic completely in fight or flight mode and I’m clearly in shock.
At this time, a darker-colored SUV arrived on the scene heading north on 244th toward Addison and his dog.
“Within seconds, the oncoming vehicle rushed [most agressive] coyote veered off the road and pulled up next to Cena and me, not knowing exactly what had happened, but knowing that we had just had a very bad encounter with some coyotes and were fighting and running for our lives when they fell upon us.
The older couple inside the SUV opened its back door to get Addison and Cena to safety.
“I kept saying ‘thank you, thank you! God bless you! You are nothing less than heaven-sent and heroes!”
The couple told Addison that years before, on Robertson Crescent, a group of coyotes had come after Pomeranian, and they haven’t walked in the area after dinnertime or at dusk since, a rule which Addison intends to follow.
She escaped her “frightening and definitely near-death experience” with a few holes in her trouser leg and a small bruise on her leg.
Addision, which did not obtain the names or contact details of its rescuers at the time, went public in hopes of locating them.
“I will never be able to thank you for your act of heroism which undoubtedly saved a life,” Addision said, “but I hope one day I can put a name to the faces that saved the lives of my beloved dog and most likely mine.”
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The Lower Mainland is home to about 2,000 to 3,000 urban coyotes, which settled in the area in the 1980s, according to the BC SPCA.
If you see a coyote, the SPCA recommends scaring it away by shouting, stamping and waving your arms.
“Make a lot of noise and try to look big. It may sound silly, but it will help the coyote avoid future problems. Teach children to scare a coyote if they see one, but never throw anything at the animals.
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Coyotes are generally not dangerous to humans, the SPCA said, but some lose their fear when fed and may attack small pets or young children without supervision.
This may have been a factor in a recent series of incidents involving coyotes in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in December 2020 and January 2021.
After around 13 people were chased around Brockton Oval and Hollow Tree near Prospect Point in Stanley Park, and some were bitten enough to require medical attention, two coyotes had to be euthanized.
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