CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman in Canfield is sending a warning out about the dangers of coyotes in the Valley.
After she told WKBN one grabbed her dog in broad daylight, we wanted to find out how common coyotes are in the area and how to keep your family safe.
People who study wildlife in the Valley say it’s common to have coyotes in the area because of trees and land not being used.
The reason people don’t see many is because they normally come out at night.
But, Tina Taylor says it was mid-afternoon when a coyote snatched her 5-pound dog and ran away with it.
“She was so much a part of my world,” Taylor said. “When I walked in the door, usually she runs up to greet me, and I was like, ‘Where’s Gracie?'”
Tina explained her boyfriend’s story about the last moments he saw Gracie.
“In a second, saw the coyote, saw him grab her, in his mouth, heard a faint faint muffled scream and the coyote when off running. He jumped down, and the coyote took off with her that way,” Taylor said.
Experts said coyotes are dangerous, and it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings when living near woods.
“When it comes to yourself and watching small children, make sure you’re keeping an eye on them if you think there’s an issue,” agriculture and natural resources educator Eric Barrett said. “With pets, you definitely want to bring in pets at night, especially cats and small dogs and keep them inside during evening hours especially.”
Tina says she hopes Gracie’s story can help other people.
“If it can happen when we’re right there, more likely, it can happen more easily if you’re not there,” Taylor said. “I don’t want anybody to live with these feelings of, ‘I couldn’t protect her.'”