Nova Scotia

Coyote pack encounter in Fall River

A Halifax-area man had a close encounter with a pack of coyotes early Tuesday morning and had to take some aggressive measures before the animals retreated into the woods.

Man threw rocks to scare them away

A Halifax-area man had a close encounter with a pack of coyotes early Tuesday morning and had to take some aggressive measures before the animals retreated into the woods.

Before daylight, Mark MacEachern was out walking his two dogs in Fall River when he was confronted by seven sets of eyes staring at him.

Some of the coyotes were on the road while others were in the woods. His wife, Brenda Silver, said he had to throw rocks at them to scare them away.

"He yelled at them and they weren't spooked by it," she said. "So, then he decided to pick up some rocks and throw the rocks at them and only then did they decide to leave."

When her husband returned home, Silver quickly emailed about a dozen of her neighbours to warn them to keep an eye on their kids when they went to the bus stop, and not to leave their pets outside unattended. 

The incident took place near a public pathway in the Schwartzwald subdivision, where a community mailbox is located.

Stacey Isenor, who was checking her mail Tuesday, hadn't heard about the pack of coyotes.

"I'm very surprised they're in the area, although you do hear it on the news, so you know that they're around," Isenor said. "But the fact that they're pretty much on your doorstep is pretty scary."

The provincial Natural Resources Department said a trapper won't be brought in to try and catch the animals because that's only done when coyotes show signs of aggression. But the department is still gathering information on the incident.

Trappers were sent in recently when a farmer and a Nova Scotia Power employee were attacked in separate incidents. Both men were attacked by a single animal, that tore their clothing.

Leonard Thomson, of Fall River, said the coyotes should be killed.

"I think you need to send some guys to physically get them and shoot them and get rid of them," he said. "This has gone on too long and it's time to take matters into our own hands and deal with it."

Pet owners are taking note of the coyote pack and are starting to consider a change in their routines.

Silver said she'll likely take a noisemaker with her in case she comes across the coyotes.

"When I go out walking late at night or early in the morning, I may take a noisemaking device like a bear bell or something like that and probably take a cell phone with me, so if something happens I'm not there alone with the dogs, I can call someone in case there is an emergency," she said.

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