ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (PIX11) — Residents in Elmwood Park, New Jersey are on alert after a dog was recently attacked in his own backyard by a coyote.
The Lhasa apso-Poodle mix named Toby suffered more than a dozen puncture wounds and had to have 10 stitches, according to his owner.
It was only after throwing rocks in the direction of the coyote that Toby went free.
The Elmwood Park Police Department sent about 450 notices to residents to inform them of the attack and to advise them on how to respond if confronted by a coyote.
The department has received several reports of coyote sightings in and around the borough’s expansive wooded area.
An officer on patrol spotted one and snapped a picture.
“We had an animal control officer go out and indicated he located an area which would be considered a den and some areas where they may be burying some food, so they confirmed they’re active in the area,” said Police Captain Michael Foligno. “If we learn how to live with them and take the precautions, then I don’t think there would be a problem.
There are no plans at this point to trap and relocate the wild canines, according to Captain Foligno. But he indicated that could change if the animals show aggression towards humans.