A coyote attacked a small dog in Kirkland Tuesday night when it's owner was taking it for a walk near Ecclestone Park.

Nathalie Bouchard said she regularly walks her dog, a Chihuahua mix named Buffy, late at night. 

"From out of nowhere I heard her scream and I saw a coyote was on top of her. It was coming out of the pathway at the park," Bouchard told CBC News.

She said a neighbour came in an SUV and told her to get in so they could get to safety. Buffy suffered minor injuries to her back legs. 

Bouchard was shaking as she tried to call 911. 

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In June, the City of Kirkland issued warnings to residents about coyotes, asking them to contact authorities if they spot one. (Shaun Malley/CBC)

She is worried this might happen to other dog owners.

"He was not scared of me. He wanted my dog."

Kirkland on the lookout

Kirkland is actively working to trap the coyotes which started appearing in the city earlier this spring. 

According to the Kirkland's director general, Joe Sanalitro, the city has set up strategic traps and have hired someone to try to catch the coyote. 

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The coyote involved in the attack came out of Ecclestone Park. Kirkland is seeking to catch the coyote and release it into a more appropriate habitat. (Radio-Canada)

The city is also drafting a memo to tell residents about the attack and advise them to keep their dogs on a short leash. 

They are hoping to catch the coyote and release it outside the city. 

Sanalitro said it's a tricky situation since for every resident who wants the coyote caught, there's another who wants it to be left alone.

"Once we've caught it, and once we've released it somewhere, we'll let people know that we've done that," Sanalitro said.

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Buffy's retractable leash was long when she was attacked. The city is going to issue memos to residents to keep their dogs on short leashes for now. (Nathalie Bouchard)

Sanalitro said he's heard that there are as many as 1,000 coyotes on the island of Montreal but he believes there is only one in Kirkland.

With files from Lauren McCallum