Earlier this year a woman in Bixby, Oklahoma, got the shock of a lifetime when she was awakened in the wee hours of the morning when she heard a loud noise. At first she thought that it was her cat and small dog. But as she became more coherent from waking up she became increasingly aware that there was something else in the bedroom with her.

Coyote in Urban Bedroom
Coyote in Urban Bedroom

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It was four o'clock in the morning when Bonnie Moriarty was awakened by the noise. Then she saw her cat run into the bedroom pursued by the by what she thought at first was her dog. Something else was in there with them. Screaming, she stood up and grabbed a golf club to defend herself with. Her thoughts were of her children in bed upstairs, and the fact that she was on her own downstairs since her husband was out of town. She was also very concerned with the safety of her own pets who were now both in the room with her. It was then that she saw that the intruder was a terrified coyote cowering in the corner.

Wile E. Coyote (Warner Brothers)
Wile E. Coyote (Warner Brothers)

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With her heart still pounding, Moriarty made a dash for the door, brought the cat and dog with her, and shut the creature in. She then called the police for help. Officers arrived shortly thereafter armed with capture sticks. Within minutes the three officers had caught the animal and stowed it safely in one of their cars. They took the coyote to a wooded area a short distance away and released it back into the wild.

Coyotes may appear to be a cute dog but they are closely related to wolves. Urban coyotes have adapted to living in areas heavily populated by humans. Attacks on people are becoming increasingly common but rarely result in serious injury.

Urban Coyote
Urban Coyote

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Wildlife experts are quick to remind us not to feed such animals or leave food available to them outside. Bring pets indoors at night so that they do not become prey. It is believed that Moriarty's coyote burst into the house while chasing the cat with plans for dinner.

Sources: Fetch Sport, abc13, Wikipedia, Wikipedia

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