Man And Dogs Attacked By Coyote In South Carolina

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

News from Tega Cay:

Quintin Huseman said he was running near Lookout Park and Shoreline Parkway in Tega Cay on Saturday morning with his two dogs, Gracie and Lilly, when they were attacked by a coyote.

Lilly’s bite wasn’t too bad and Gracie scared the coyote away.

“It happened really quick. The coyote snuck up on her,” Huseman said. “By the time I turned, it was already coming towards me, and all I could think is, it was rabid.”

Huseman said he called police to report the incident.

“The concern I have is the two dogs are 90 pounds each, the coyote is probably three-quarters of the size of one of the dogs,” Huseman said.

I’ve never found it to be an issue at all to carry a gun with me when walking my dog.  I do it all the time.  Running is a different story from what I understand.  I don’t run so I don’t know from first-hand experience.

But runners ought to find a way to carry a gun when running.  There is equipment you can use.  Get it.  Develop a discipline of wearing and practicing with it.

It may save your life or the lives of your beasts.  Oh, and by the way, it was probably not a Coyote.  It was probably a Coywolf with mixed DNA.


Comments

  1. On July 8, 2018 at 11:20 pm, TheAlaskan said:

    Think I just might come down to kill the Coywolf. Sounds like they’re a little bold and a bit out of control. They might need an Alaskan to shoot and show them that the bush is where they belong…no?

    Carry a gun when you’re running. Don’t be like 4’11” Candice from Pennsylvania, a teacher, who came to Alaska, her dream job, to teach Alaska Natives in Chignik; an avid runner, told not to run alone, did anyway, and was taken down by wolves, and eaten by wolves.

    https://www.adn.com/outdoors/article/wolves-killed-alaska-teacher-2010-state-says/2011/12/07/

    Coywolves are your new reality. Be Alaskan-like and just kill them.

  2. On July 9, 2018 at 7:13 am, Tom from TN said:

    I’ve tried fanny packs and haven’t yet found one that will stay put well enough with even a tiny gun. A tiny gun is better than none, but with some searching around, there are options to CCW a fullsize handgun when exercising.

    Re running and carrying, I use and vouch for some of the options at Hill People Gear
    https://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/CategoryID/1

    I’ve used their runner’s pack for several years now and have been very satisfied. Very well made stuff that has held up to daily use. I’ve been running/hiking/biking with a Glock 26 or 19, extra mag, flashlight, phone keys etc for a couple of years now and other than the weight of the gear, the Hill People pouch really holds it all securely but allows fairly quick access. The runner’s pack pouch is a bit hot to wear, I think you just have to resign yourself to having a rectangular sweaty patch over where you wear it. But after all, carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting, not necessarily comfortable.

    Another option I like is the SafePacker, which will hold a handgun and one extra magazine. It seems to be well made and I think will hold up, but I don’t think the belt mount would do well with any motion more vigorous than walking or hiking. I use it when going for walks. It’s low-profile enough to look much like a phone pouch or something.

  3. On July 9, 2018 at 7:30 am, bob sykes said:

    Eastern coyote: 5/8 western coyote, 2/8 Canadian wolf, 1/8 large dog. 50% bigger, forms packs, doesn’t fear people. See Gehrt at tOSU.

    Here in north-central rural Ohio we have a small coyote pack (2 to 4) that serenades our neighborhood about once every 4 to 6 weeks in the wee small hours. They faced down someone who lives only 2 miles away. We do not go out into our back yard after around midnight, and I no longer walk alone in the nature preserve near (1/4 mi) our home.

  4. On July 9, 2018 at 8:28 am, Fred said:

    “he was running” and “two dogs are 90 pounds each”

    What have we learned today class? Go read the grizzly encounter up top of today’s posts. Animals don’t car about size they care about your presence of being, situational awareness, threat profile (prey like behavior) and both men were unarmed.

    I have used a belly band when exercising. I don’t run so I can’t vouch for that but the $30 dollar one on amazon (Comfort Tac) works just fine even for a big fat gun like the one I carry. I also don’t care who sees that I’m armed so I can’t vouch concealability either. It had a floppy magnetic retention strap that was a serious hazard of potential to catch the trigger upon holstering the weapon. I cut it off. Unless you’re planning on wrestling with it the gun is snug in the band without the strap. I should write the manufacturer. Seriously that strap sucks.

  5. On July 9, 2018 at 3:03 pm, Nosmo said:

    A few runners, and bicyclists – a very few out of a bunch of each I know – have awakened to the need for a self defense tool. Overwhelmingly they seem to select pepper spray, and the even fewer who select guns gravitate toward mouse guns. Runners, I can almost understand; they’ll pay a $125 premium over base cost for shoes that weigh 4 ounces less, so even adding ounces in the case of a 3AT or LCP is sacrilege, and forget an S&W Airweight. Bicyclists, though, have less of an excuse, despite many spending hundreds more, sometimes thousands, to trim a couple pounds. When I was riding 150+ miles a week I still carried a compact alloy .45 in a fanny pack, and an S&W 340 in a much smaller fanny pack for morning runs. Not completely trouble free, and I never forgot the fanny packs were there, but sacrifice and a little discomfort now to prevent much discomfort later.

    Dog walking is rarely an atheltic pursuit, and South Carolina allows, albeit with too many restrictions, possession of a portable self defense tool. For those of the “carry a lot, shoot little” persuasion, S&W and others have embraced various alloys to reduce gun weight substantially. When I did my monthly RSO duty at a very rural gun club it was in the company of a 329 because there were feral hogs in the area, and my .45-70 was simply too cumbersome.

    As Fred (above) points out, animal behavior is quite different from human; in human-human encounters the presence of a mouse gun can often have the desired effect because humans are capable of perceiving the threat a gun poses and will usually avoid getting shot. Animals, not so much. Bears, of almost any size above a cub, are used to getting their way and feral canines don’t know a gun from a grandfather clock. Avoidance is the order of the day, but when trouble persists you’ll need to actually use the front sight and press the trigger, and that front sight better be attached to something with enough oomph to immediately command their attention and compliance.

  6. On July 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Nosmo,

    “Dog walking is rarely an atheltic pursuit …”

    It depends … on where you go, how far you go, how fast you go, etc.

    I did a ten mile bike ride yesterday, and then a 1.5 mile hike where I changed elevation 1600 feet in that 1.5 miles. The hike was far tougher than the ride.

    Now, if the dog helps pull you uphill, that’s another story.

  7. On July 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm, Donk said:

    +1 on the Hill People Gear stuff. I have 4-5 of their products and they are the shizzle, very well made, functional as hades – outstanding.

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