Video Shows Police Luring Coyote From South Carolina Kitchen With Dog Toys
A video has surfaced showing two South Carolina police officers using dog toys to lure an intruder coyote out of a couple’s home.
Spartanburg-based dog owner Sandie Ferguson told WSPA that the coyote entered the house through a dog hatch and was hiding in the couple’s kitchen.
“One of my dogs came by here and started barking and sucking all over the place like there was a mouse or something,” Ferguson told WSPA.
But instead of a small animal, Ferguson was shocked to find a coyote in her kitchen.
“When I first saw him, I thought, ‘That’s a coyote’. Then I thought, ‘No, it must be a dog.’ But he didn’t move, he didn’t bark, he didn’t growl or whimper, “she said.
The homeowner called 911 and asked for help handling the animal that was trapped in a corner of the kitchen, where it remained until the police arrived.
“He didn’t move. I think he was so scared, he stood like a statue for about an hour and ten minutes,” Ferguson said.
When officers from the Spartanburg Police (SPD) arrived at the house, they had to come up with a creative plan to lure the coyote out of the kitchen.
One of the officers asked Ferguson if she had dog toys to throw at the coyote – a member of the North American canine family.
Bodycam footage shows officers throwing several toys before the coyote finally shoots out of the kitchen and leaves the house exactly as it came.
“See how the officers react [a] COYOTE call for service, “said the SPD in a Facebook post with the Bodycam footage.” These are just some of the challenges that the men and women of the Spartanburg police face every day. Great job, Lieutenant Metz and Officer Cote. “
Ferguson told WSPA that the couple have arranged for the dog flap to close every night since the March 19 incident. The woman said she had never seen a coyote, even though she heard it.
“You never expect a wild animal to come into the house. I never expected a coyote to be in my garden, ”said Ferguson. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that he would come into the house.”
Wildlife experts say if you ever encounter a wild animal, you shouldn’t get near it. When the animal is in your house, try to provide an escape route for the animal.
Stock image showing a coyote. Video has surfaced of police officers in South Carolina luring a coyote out of a couple’s kitchen with dog toys.