Wake County

Coyotes chase man, dog in Raleigh’s Schenck Memorial Forest

A man called 911 after he and his dog were chased by three coyotes in an N.C. State University research forest off Wade Avenue last week.

The man told a dispatcher that he was walking on the Richland Creek greenway trail in Schenck Memorial Forest when his boxer “started smelling something.” The man looked around, saw the three coyotes coming toward him and says he yelled and “got big,” hoping to scare the animals off.

“They started running after me, so I’ve just been standing on top of a grate about three feet off the ground,” he said in a recording of the call released Tuesday, referring to an elevated manhole. “And I’m trying not to run again.”

The man made the call about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1. Officers from the Raleigh and N.C. State University police departments responded, as did the Raleigh Animal Control Unit.

When two of the officers got to the man and began escorting him and his dog out of the woods, the coyotes “flanked the party for an estimated 300 yards until the woods gave way to a clearing,” according to Raleigh police.

Coyotes have become a common sight in the Triangle and aren’t usually a threat. But authorities urge people to call animal control if a wild animal is behaving oddly or aggressively.

In this case, the man told the dispatcher that one of the coyotes was “very large” and that he was more worried about his dog, “because he’s only about 40 pounds.”