Frisco police officer scares off coyote stalking runner
Frisco police are warning residents to beware of aggressive coyotes after a jogger was attacked in the third coyote-related incident in the city this month.
On Wednesday, Frisco police said a jogger was running on the sidewalk of Eldorado Parkway when an aggressive coyote attacked. The jogger had significant injuries to the neck and was taken to a local hospital.
On Nov. 11, an officer thwarted a coyote attack in the same location. Video footage shows the officer sitting at the intersection of Eldorado Parkway and Preston Road when a coyote runs across the road. The animal appears to be stalking a runner on the sidewalk.
The officer put on his lights and pulled onto the sidewalk behind the jogger to scare off the coyote, police said.
On Nov. 1, a 9-year-old child was attacked by a coyote nearby on Bancroft Lane. The child had a minor injury and was taken to the doctor, police said.
On Oct. 26, a coyote tried to jump on a runner near Eldorado Parkway, but a passerby scared it away.
Police said they do not know if the attacks are by the same animal or if there are multiple aggressive coyotes.
The Animal Services Unit of the police department has been trying to find and catch the coyote, police said, but have been unable to. The behavior is abnormal for coyotes, police said.
Police issued the following guidelines for people to avoid aggressive coyotes:
- Consider walking or jogging in a different location
- Consider carrying something that makes a loud noise to scare of an animal, such as an airhorn or whistle
- Do not allow domesticated animals to roam free outdoors
- Do not approach or feed wildlife and keep trash in a secure container.
Anyone who sees the animal can contact Frisco police at 972-292-6010 or call 911.