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Man scares off two coyotes, protects dog from attack


BLADEN COUNTY (WWAY) -- A daring decision to scare off an animal may have saved a dog’s life.

Early this morning a Bladen county man found himself face to face with two coyotes that were ready to pounce on his pooch.

"I thought they were dogs at first, but I got a good look at them. They were coyotes, and they were huge, and they were coming down the road towards my dog,” Gary Roberts said.

Roberts said the coyotes dropped their heads as if they were ready to attack.

So, he ran toward the front of his home and started yelling at them.

"I started hollering, and my dog didn't see him until they were almost on him, and he saw them and started running,” Roberts explained.

He says one coyote backed down, but the other was hungry for blood.

"The other one started chasing my dog into the yard, and my dog came by me, and the coyotes started still running toward me, and he got within about ten feet of me,” Roberts said.

But Roberts said he stood his ground and kept yelling at the coyote, which finally decided to run away.

Roberts says in his 63 years of living in this area, he has never seen anything quite like this.

"I've never felt threatened like that before by any kind of animal,” he said.

He says the whole ordeal has him and his four-year-old dog, Otto scared for their lives.

"We were both shaken for a while after it happened because we're not used to having any kind of animal like that coming into the yard in attack mode,” Roberts said.

Now he is determined to make others aware of the problem.

"We're trying to protect our pets, and I encourage anybody else if they go outside, if they've got a pet to keep their pet close by, and keep an eye on their pet,” he said.

Roberts says he also worries about young children playing outside. He says if the coyote was brave enough to come within ten feet of him, he worries what the animal might do in different circumstances.

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thanks for the advice

Man scares off two coyotes, protects dog from attack

Where at in Bladen does he live? I work for Animal Control and would like to set a trap for them and have them removed out of the area for his dogs safety and others. I know some trappers who would like to help also.


As a animal control officer we are not allowed to set traps for them, as a person I would like to. I know trappers who would be willing to help is what I was trying say, not that we could do it as animal control.

I wish I could remember the

I wish I could remember the name of the fella that gets rid of the wildlife at St. James. He is really good at it.

wildlife removal

That man is Jimmy English, he removes wild animals by setting out traps.

could someone tell us how it

could someone tell us how it is that coyotes have found their way into NC?


They have migrated here from the western part of the country they stated showing up east of the Mississippi around twenty years ago and the states did nothing about it now they have been in the western part of the state for years and still nothing has been done until last year when they passed rules that say you can hunt them at night and year round. these prolific breeders will continue to expand in numbers and square miles of territory due to their innate ability to survive around humans and they will eat anything they can catch or find and will eat fruit ,plants, garbage,pets and each other if necessary not to mention
the indigenous wildlife of NC that are not adapted to compete with this predator.


The state needs to place a bounty on them along with feral hogs this would help to control these invasive species and not only protect the wild life but the pets as well.

I agree

I'd be interested in hearing how other states have funded bounties for coyotes and other invasive species.

re: I agree

Other states have a fee added to hunting licenses to fund the bounty on coyotes.


They have found food. look for them to be back around day break.
They love chickens will come back every night till all gone.
I called wild life they said if on your land you can shoot them.
I know the tree huggers don't like that but they breed, and no pray. They are in every county in the state now. Good Luck.

The tree huggers can take a

The tree huggers can take a hike where the safety of my pets and myself are concerned. When I walk my dog, I have my handgun in my pocket. I thought a couple times that was going to have to shoot a fox, but it finally went on its way.