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Coyote Bites Man and Dog

GIBSON TOWNSHIP — Travis Rippy and his dog, Koda, were walking behind their home in South Gibson on Monday.

Rippy said Koda ran ahead, and that’s when their daily walk took an unusual turn.

“All of a sudden I heard this commotion in the woods. When I came over the hill, I saw him and the coyote kind of wrestling around on the ground. So I ran down as fast as I could to try to stop it. I grabbed him by his collar and kind of pulled him away, and at that time I guess the coyote grabbed a hold of me,” said Rippy.

Rippy then shot and killed the coyote. He believes the animal was defending her pups.

“Basically it was protecting its den and came running out of the den after the dog, I imagine,” said Rippy.

Rippy said he never encountered a coyote before, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission said the coyote population is on the rise.

“It’s a large canine population in our region. They have become more prevalent in the last 20 to 30 years,” said Kevin Wenner from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

A biologist for the game commission said it’s rare for a coyote to actually attack a human. The last time it happened in the Commonwealth was in the mid 1990’s.

“If a rodent population, mice and small mammals are available that’s what they’re going to take advantage of,” said Wenner.

The dog, Koda, is fine after the scuffle with the coyote.

However, Rippy will spend the next few weeks getting rabies shots as a precaution.

“Hopefully everything works out good, and it’s just good stories and I have the scars to talk about,” said Rippy.

The game commission stresses that this type of attack is rare.

However, if you encounter a coyote or any other wild animal leave it alone and call the game commission.

32 comments

  • d

    E, you are wrong in saying “ineffective aa a projectile”. I was shooting in the woods with my kids, when another target shooter must have let off a couple rounds in the air. I had my kids in a circle explaining something to them when I heard a slight whistle get louder. I paused and the head of a 223 round landed in the dirt right at our feet with a little ” thud”. If it had hit one of us on the head, for sure would have been very bad. Why do people that know nothing about guns assume you can just shoot it up in the air?

  • Kathy V

    I live in Scott Township and 3 years ago at 4pm my dog was attacked by a coyote in my yard. We believe it was a female hunting for food in the day while training her pups at night. My lab either felt theatened the coyote was in her yard or she wanted to play and a coyote’s natural instinct is to hunt or be hunted!! My lab survived her wounds and the coyote ran off thank god

  • David Booth

    Man that cheesy home made ace wrap and band aid really show the magnitude of the bite.. SMH The report talks about the dog attacking a human like the coyote was not acting normal…hmmmm trust me stick your hand between 2 fighting dogs of any breed and you will get bitten. Not attacked… WNEP sensationalism at its best..

  • Eileen

    I hate this story. I think killing the coyote could have been avoided if they just left the area where the pups were. Now, what happens to the pups? Isn’t that a part of the story? I certainly don’t want to imagine them starving to death. And, as someone else pointed out, why are rabies shots necessary if they have the dead animal?

    • Tammy

      what planet do you live on Ellen?!? did you not watch the video??? he was walking his dog and the coyote came out of now where! he did not know it was there! thank god he had his gun on him or he and his dog might not have had such a good out come

      • Az

        Apparently you didn’t read the story Tammy. The dog ran up ahead of him over a knoll. The dog most likely got the scent. Whether aggressively or friendly in its intent, running into or up to an animal whether it be another dog or wildlife usually ends not so well. Another aggressive dog could have been there or a bear with cubs. Had it been a bear, the dog would probably have been dead.The coyote did not surprise the man and dog and come racing aggressively towards them. Not by any means do i have issues with pit bulls, but this dog appears to be a pit bull or partially pit bull from the video above…i am extremely surprised the coyote (from the pictures) was getting the better of the dog,

    • Trish

      Rabie shots are needed even with the dead animal as it takes weeks for the test on the animal to come back by that time. If it comes back positive it’s already to late for a person to start the rabie shots. I’ve been through the shots after a bat bite , the test on the bat came back on the day of my last shot. It was also necessary for him to kill the coyote had he not the game commission would have put a target on the head of every coyote in that area to make sure they got the right one.

  • Jim

    I heard 25$ a head on coyotes paid by the pa game commision true or not these yuppies will never know what its like when a pack coyotes are on your farm

    • Az

      A farm with almost weekly rusted through barbed wire fence with heifers on the road where the farmer cares about production and put little back into the farm? We have coyotes here, never had a problem. Don’t hear the neighbors having any problems either….Also have bear…have little issues with them as well except for the bird feeder from time to time. Easy fixes for those.

    • Az

      Based on misinformation, lies, and paranoia. There was also a time when slaves were legal… doesn’t mean it’s right or the best solution.

  • ShawnsMom

    I hate to tell this guy and the Game Commission that this guy does NOT have to go through weeks of rabies shots. Since the animal is already dead, all they have to do is have it’s brain biopsied at the health department to see if it actually had rabies or not.

  • Holly

    Did the Game Commission check to see if there actually were pups? If there are shouldn’t they ate them to a wildlife rehabilitation center??

  • Bill

    This is not a attack he was protecting his pups and the dog was bothering them should not have been shot at all!!!!!

    • Bambi Tuckey

      I don’t believe the dog was bothering the coyote. I also don’t feel the guy should have killed the coyote. Animals are animals. This guy should have just shot in the air and went home with his dog.

      • Joe

        Do you understand the animal wanted to kill his dog? I’d love to see what you would do if a rabid animal was hanging on you.

        The guy was responsible and reasonable in his firearm control. It’s people like you who make a big deal out of this.

      • Az

        I’m sorry, I guess i must have missed where it was confirmed the yote was rabid?

        Do you people even have a dog or ever had one? The dog knew the coyote, or at least something, was there and ran over the hill to confront it, whether in an aggressive intent or friendly. The dog got a scent and wanted to know what it was most likely. So it took off ahead of the man and up over the knoll.If you don’t know common dog behavior please don’t try to pretend you know wildlife behavior.

    • Jen

      Really Bill? I hope that if you’re ever attcked by a coyote you scream
      ” Don’t shoot it, it’s just protecting its pups.”

    • E

      Hey Choppy if you payed attention in science class you would know that if you fire a gun into the air after a buller expends all of its energy travelling upward it becomes a much slower falling object and unaffective as a projectile. It is pathetic that someone like you, who most likely owns many guns, clearly has no idea how they work. Open a book instead of just making things up.

      • Steve

        Yo E, take your own advice and read up also. There’s plenty of documented cars of people being KILLED by bullets fired into the air. You should test it out maybe.

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