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Pack of coyotes try to break down door chasing suburban dogs

A pack coyotes chasing after puppy broke several panes glass door west suburban Riverside home Friday as they tried chase

A pack of coyotes chasing after a puppy broke several panes of glass in the door of a west suburban Riverside home Friday as they tried to chase the dog into the house. | Photo courtesy Riverside Police Department

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Updated: February 27, 2013 6:16AM

Roger Nelson’s 10-year-old golden retriever, Lexie, was whining early Friday morning.

She needed to go outside. So Nelson opened the door to the backyard and all three of Nelson’s dogs walked out to the snow-covered yard in the wooded suburb of Riverside.

“Out of nowhere four coyotes came from the back,” Nelson said.

Nelson’s dogs darted back to the home as the coyotes chased them.

Lexie and a 3-month-old German shepherd Bella came running in, but Snoopy, the 5-year-old beagle and basset hound mix was lagging.

“He made it inside barely. One more step, and they would have gotten him,” Nelson, 23, said.

On his heels were the coyotes.

They climbed onto the wooden deck of the home on South Herbert Road just after 1 a.m. and smashed against a glass-paneled door. They broken the glass of two doors, and with his dogs growling inside, Nelson didn’t want to risk the coyotes somehow making it inside.

Nelson, an avid hunter, grabbed a high-powered BB gun and shot at them, striking two of the large coyotes, who then fled, according to Nelson and police.

“You heard a couple of yelps,” Nelson said of the coyotes. “They’re nowhere to be found.”

Sgt. Bill Gutschick said in a statement that in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he’s heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing a pet.

The brazen attack likely means the coyotes can’t find food, Nelson said.

“This is their means of food now” he said, “They’re coming after people’s dogs.”

Nelson plans to install a large fence to protect his yard, but in the meantime he said he’s going to carry the BB gun with him when he lets his dogs out

“I hate to use that kind of force, but I’m not going to let my dogs get attacked,” he said.

Riverside has had other recent reports of coyotes attacking pets, Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said. On Jan. 3, a 7-month-old Bichon-Poo puppy was killed in the 100 block of Addison Road.

Weitzel urged residents to be vigilant and to keep pets on short leashes.

“If you go out with your dogs at night you have to be careful,” Nelson said.

Contributing: James Scalzitti

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