Coyote Attacks Pitbull

A coyote attacked a pitbull in his yard this month in Orange County. Newport Beach dog trainer Vladislav Roytapel says dogs owners must be vigilant.

Playing ball recently turned into a vicious brawl with a coyote for one Orange County pitbull, and a Newport Beach dog trainer wants to make sure other dogs don't fall victim to another attack.

The owners of the pitbull, who asked to remain anonymous, want to keep the details of the attack private, but did tell how an afternoon of throwing a tennis ball to their pitbull took a horrific turn.

"Their home is located on a big piece of property facing a wooded area, and suddenly the dog stopped playing and instead ran to the back of the yard to meet the coyote," Roytapel, who was hired to train the pitbull, explained. "The coyote didn't run away, and the owners screamed but couldn't stop the attack on their dog."

The coyote took off after about five minutes, but the pitbull was left with scratches and other minor injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery, Roytapel said.

Newport Beach is no stranger to coyote sightings. Senior Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg said that, much like surrounding cities, there have been coyotes spotted in Newport Beach, but authorities have not noticed an increase in coyote related calls.

According to Roytapel, problems arise because coyotes see small dogs as prey and large dogs as a threat and even a possible mate.

"Coyotes are increasingly attacking our pets from backyards and even in broad daylight as pet owners are out walking them on a leash," Roytapel said.

There are several ways for pet owners to protect their dogs from the clutches of a coyote. Here are some tips from Roytapel.

■ When your dogs are outside, make sure you always supervise them or secure them in a fully secure enclosed kennel
■ Keep your dog on a short leash during recreation and avoid retractable leashes
■ Don't ever encourage your dog to chase a coyote! Coyotes are not squirrels and they will fight back!
■ If you have a small dog and you see a coyote, pick them up immediately
■ Like domestic dogs, coyotes will defend their territory and their young. So don't approach to them!

To learn more pet safety tips and secrets from the Vladislav Roytapel, Newport Beach's Russian Dog Wizard, visit www.socaldogtraining.com.

Aimee Chagnon, MD August 20, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Shameless bottom feeder, are you Mellie? The pit bull was the victim here, in case you didn't actually read the story before trying to advertise. Are you actually hoping the coyote will call you? I myself am a victim of merciless licking by 3 pit bulls every day. I'll call you and tell you all about it.
Robert August 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
How can anyone say that it is wrong for their pet to be defensive or territorial. People are the same way, not just animals. When I lived in Santa Ana, CA and someone broke in, I grabbed my AR-15 and chased them out of the house because that was MY territory, then moved to Irvine. My parents own a German Shepard, and a Pitbull and they are such babies when my neices and nephews aged 4-9 go over to swim in their pool. They lick them and play with them, but if a gardner gets close to my mom, they stand between them and growl (which she loves knowing they are safe). They have killed many possums who went in their backyard and why have a dog that wont bark or defend, that is one of the best benefits of having mans best friend. I would fully expect my parents dogs to kill any coyote that went into their backyard to attack their cat (who sleeps with the two large dogs sometimes).
Doug DeGrave August 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Are they breeding 'Dats' ? I bet the 'Kippies' are addorable!
Lori Crosby August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Merritt, Roughly two weeks ago, I shared a story with my friends after taking a very unpleasant walk with my dog. I was not in a yard, or frolicking in the woods; I was walking the sidewalks of our busy Ladera Ranch community. In an hour, I had a total of 3 encounters, by the time I made it to the third encounter, I was 2 blocks from my home and paralyzed with fear. 3/3 encounters, 10 coyotes total (3, 3, + 4) not one of them ran until I proceeded to make a fool of myself. I threw a hot mug of coffee, as well as my favorite sandals (to whoever found them the next day, shame on you for keeping them). They surrounded me, making sounds that will haunt me for quite a while. A friend of mine joked that I should have had my pit with me, as for this particular trot, I just had my maltese-poodle, who's about 17 pounds on a fat day. I sent this story to them as soon as I saw it. I worked in Ladera at the Active Senior Community in 2003/2004. Many cases like mine happened, more happened where our victimized residents would rush back with a leash and no dog, or no signs of ever having a dog. One man bravely defended his little yorkie, and put up one heck of a battle using his cane. Those were my nearest experiences, outside of Coyotes leaving rat heads on sidewalks, which is disgusting and something I'll never understand. I don't know where you live, but in OC, SD, IE, and LA, coyotes attack dogs. It's not some smear campaign against them, it's a fact.
Gina Farr August 21, 2012 at 04:07 PM
@Lori Have you reported this to animal services? This is unusual behavior for coyotes and is likely a result of a very large and reliable amount of food in the area. For example, we worked with San Francisco when several coyotes were comfortable together and hanging around a neighborhood (they are most often solitary when seeking food). The resulting investigation by SF animal control uncovered a local Safeway market was dumping roasted chickens in an open dumpster. When the human behavior stopped, the coyotes dispersed. An investigator should go out to your work area and look for clues as to why this would be happening in your area. Coyotes are easy to coexist with as they are naturally timid, solitary animals, and would not be behaving in this way if not for a very strong and abundant food attractant like an open dumpster with fresh food or if someone is putting out bowls of food for them. Suggest you report this ongoing problem and insist that an investigator discover the cause of the abnormal behavior. ProjectCoyote.org
wholio August 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Let me guess.. everyone angry here is a pit owner. Everybody knows pits are exceptionally sketchy dogs. I have friends with pits that would say the same thing. A bad owner can make any dog dangerous, but pits have a long history of bad behavior. Everyone everywhere knows this. Also, many pit purchasers bought their dogs because of their 'tough guy' reputation. Like the guy with the ar-15. To the guy who defends two breeds that get bad raps, what is the other breed?
Tom August 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Rottweiler. Remember back when it was Doberman and German shepherds that were also dubbed "dangerous"? The most aggressive dogs are notoriously small breeds but no one ever mentions them. Any animal can be "sketchy" but I challenge you to get either of my pits to attack any well meaning passersby with anything other than a sloppy wet kiss!
wholio August 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It's no coincidence that pit bulls are very popular with gun nuts and gangsters. The same fear that makes gun possession seem so necessary makes the pound for pound destructiveness of a pit bull seem so attractive. If you own a gun, you are much more likely to be shot, just as if you own a pit you are more likely to have problems w dog attacks.
wholio August 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I love dogs and have friends w very nice pit bulls. That said, I would never lock my dog in a room with the nice pit, just as most pit owners know better than to let their dogs off leash at a dog park. Pits are great with their owners, it's everyone else that should worry, especially those w small pets/kids. I'm not for killing any dog, but I am for banning pits from dog parks.
wholio August 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Dobermans n shepherds were/are considered dangerous not because of attack frequency, like pits, but because their teeth are so long that any bite has a more serious puncture risk.
joe collins August 21, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I have a friend who HAD a Jack Russell Terrier until a coyote eat it. I would'nt be surprised if the coyote had the same idea in mind. The bottom line is the coyote was in pit bulls back yard and that's when the fight started. I bet you that coyote won't try that again, an after all isn't that what we really want?
Tom Niblack August 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I had a golden retriever that I used to walk up in the orange groves near my house. There was a large male and a female coyote that went across the road in front of us. The male kept going through the groves, but the female stayed and tried to lure the golden into the groves. After 3 or 4 attempts she left, but it was clear she was trying to get him into the groves where they could attack and kill him. Even a large dog like a shepherd dog can be hunted down by several coyotes and killed for food. The coyote's goal in life is to eat and reproduce. They are a fairly large wild animal and can be dangerous to pets or children. Use pepper spray if they get too close.
Lori Crosby August 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
My Maltipoo charged a fox that dug under the fence and got into our yard. I suppose I need to put him down, as he's evidently proven himself to be a natural born killer; just waiting for the opportunity to eat babies and terrorize the neighborhood.
Lori Crosby August 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM
@Gina, no. It's a known problem and has been for over TEN YEARS.
KathrynRae714 August 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
And Pitts problem is their Lock Jaw, which makes "any bite [have] a more serious [ ] risk". Their bad rap caused them to be picked up by 'gangsters' who beat them into being aggressive. Just like Michael Vick. If there were GSD fighting rings there would be as many problems with the GSDs. But cowards are taking the smallest dog they can make aggressive and fighting those. Pitts are among the smallest bully breeds. With all your research you have do you know what the Am. Staff. and Pit Bull Terrier was first bread for? Do yo know the Am. Staff. and Pit Bull Terrier first job in the family was? And what were the stats of attack BEFORE the more 'dangerous animal' (Human) took them and taught them to fight? Not to mention - journalist don't like to put the breed of a dog that attacks in the headline unless its a bully breed. I'v seen headlines that only allude to DOG BITES CHILD and its a Lab or Retriever. I would almost guarentte you if it was a pitt the headline would read Pitt Bull Attacks Child. TWO VERY DIFFERIEND HEADLINES. Just the other day - on Yahoo news - The headline was about a "terrier" whos owner taught it to do some fun running trick. It was a Pitt Bull Terrier or Am. Staff., but god-forbid a "Pitt Bull" does any thing good. I'd be more afraid of your Neighbor then your pit.
Coyote Killer August 22, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I shoot coyotes on sight whenever possible. I like to use my Benjamin Marauder. 25 cal air gun, with the shrouded barrel you can't hear the shot, just the WAP of the pellet to the yotes skull. I also intentionally aim for coyotes with my truck when I see them in the street. I've hit and killed 2 so far. I don't own pitbulls by the way, I just like doing my part to kill as many coyotes as possible.
Charles August 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Macho, macho man I've got to be, a macho man
Coyote Killer August 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Nope, I just really enjoy killing coyotes.
anon August 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I support the coyote. Pitbulls suck. I'm tired of pitbull apologist saying its the owners not the dog. Bad and dangerous breed should be banned. Go Wiley coyote! It sound like the oitbull charged and he got what he deserved.
Tom August 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
To say you support a coyote that could possibly kill children and other dogs you may like is absurd. You appear to me to be yet another uniformed sheep that follows the popular crowd. When you learn to think for yourself, research the topic and provide useful feedback you contribute to society. Right now you're comment attributes to the fact that you are ignorant on the topic and the facts so I say opinions are like assholes and yours definitely stinks. Maybe we should ban people who are a detriment to positive forward thinking.
c. Campbell August 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
So entertaining to watch/listen to you all argue over an article about a dog & a coyote.. really??? Looks to me like there was a lot of time wasted here arguing eachothers points in which case neither side has been swayed towards.the.others good thing I didn't have time to read all the.comments. life.goes on!
Matt T August 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
How is this news? A pit bull should be able to kill a coyote.
Michael G August 24, 2012 at 07:12 AM
I know a few folks with American Stadfordshires. They are such teddy bears. Amazingly docile. I had an ex that had one and it was pretty sweet till a raccoon was in my fenced in backyard and I live in the city. The raccoon never came back. Thankfully it wasn't going to be around where my kids play. Dogs instincts will take over OVER your voice of commands no matter how well they behave or are trained they are, it is what they do. If the coyote was a deer...any and all breeds will chase that deer into the woods. I had a friend that lost her Rottweiler mix that way...had this been a coyote? Same result!
Robert Amstutz August 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
There was no mention of a fence. If you want to live in a country setting then you need to take the responsibly to protect your animals and children. They were there long before you. If you can't handle it move out of the country setting.
Luke Russell September 04, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Coyote's aren't dangerous, it's how you raise them. My Coyote plays with the kids all the time, it would only ever lick you to death. I hope all the Coyote haters don't come forward and push for a ban on Coyotes. I bet they have never even owned a coyote, they were nanny Dogs you know and they pass the temperament test. I am sick and tired of Racists saying Coyotes are dangerous, I will love my Sweet adorable Coyote no matter what, he is my child. :)
MayMom September 04, 2012 at 02:41 PM
This shouldn't be a story about it being a pitt bull. I am not a huge fan of the breed but that doesn't mean I cheer for the coyote. This dog did what it should have done, it was protecting his family from a perceived danger. If it were a poodle, it probably would have done the same thing. I lived where we had bears, we were walking in the woods and my dog circled us on alert for quite a while before we realized there was a bear in the area. Dogs have always taken care of their families.
Carolyn Graf Matthews October 04, 2012 at 05:02 AM
I cant believe this thread of comments! Have most people no intellect? You should be asking yourselves, why did a coyote go after a pitbull? Was it that hungry to enter a yard with a large dog that it knows would be a good fight. The coyote was not surprised. It has good sense of smell, hearing, and sight. Just like the pitbull knew it was there. The coyote knew the pitbull was there. The coyote was hungry. Now, what should concern you is that it was so hungry it went after a pitbull. What 40 to 60 pounds? So, if it would take on a pitbull, what would stop it from eating a toddler or small child? That surely would have been a lot easier for the coyote. That is what should concern you. Coyotes are predatory animals. They hunt. They are not going to sit back and wait for whatever imaginary thing you think up in your head as an appropriate dinner. No, they are not going to snack on a rat. Too much work for a little bite. They will go after a cat, dog or small child. Really, you think it is going to sit and wait for a fast rabbit or tiny rat? You think its going to sit and let its stomach growl for food till an appropriate food source comes along? NO... think people think. If we lived in the mountains, the issue would be balanced. The coyote would have its predators (mountain lions and bears) and the coyote would have its normal food sources (deer for example). Nothing about coyotes is natural and well balanced.
mICHAEL November 28, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I live in Az in a newly built subdivision in the desert. There are coyotes all throughout the neighbhor at all times of the day and night. My neigbors are all from different part of the country with different types of dogs small and large. The bottom line if you are going to to live near nature then face the facts that you are going to be part of nature. If you can't handle that then go back to your high rise in the city and live by the rules of the city. People in my neighborhood are not great white hunters but we are SMART. You want to have dogs and kids in the Az desert next to nature then have big dogs and walk with a big stick and let everything know you are the top dog. If that doesn't work for you then carry a gun (legal everywhere in Az). I have 2 big rottweiler in my backyard and no coyote or mountain comes to our yard. I walk around the yard or neighbhorhood with or without the dogs and coyotes run. These are coyotes were here before us and we are in their domain and have to know the rules otherwise you will be a victim crying on a forum with other victims. The rattlesnakes, big spiders, scorpins etc are part of the dangerous desert. If this city family can adapt then I'm sure many of you can adapt if you are smart. Please stop whinning and act like the top predator and get some balls.
mICHAEL November 28, 2012 at 06:12 AM
P.S. Small dogs and people with no top dog gene will all be viewed as prey to predators both human and non-human alike. If you think that describes you then you belong in the high-rise in the city and not the suburbs...lol
Albert Archer December 31, 2012 at 07:46 AM
coyotes are not even capable of posing a challenge to the average pitbull unless the pitbull was 2 months old or very retarded. My dogs have ALWAYS been given liberty to kill Coyotes on the ranch and ALL my dogs over many many years have ALWAYS been able to KILL a coyote within 30 to 45 seconds....I've had alot of dog breeds such as Australian Shepard Black Blues, Australian Shepard Brown Whites, Rottwielers, Boxer, Pitbull, NEO Mastiff, Blue ticks, MANY MUTTS...All of them would kill with EASE...usually by breaking the neck or sometimes breaking the spine depending on where the dog latches on a jerks. HOWEVER...COYOTES WILL NOT HESITATE TO KILL SMALL DOGS...I have had 2 pekinegse killed by coyotes. COYOTES are constantley trying and succeding rarely to kill my new born calves in the fields so MY dogs are doing it cause it is their job. They are obeying me and my wishes as thier pack leader. They have killed HUNDREDS over the years. 99% of the time a DOMESTIC DOG from 50lbs. and bigger will always dispatch a coyote quite easily regardless of breed..Coyotes are VERY VERY small and thin boned contrary to what most people think.


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