Beware the Coyote on the Katy Trail

I know there’s wildlife along Katy Trail. It’s not a new thing. I saw a fox there the other day. But last night was definitely a first for me.

My husband and I like to take our dog for late-night walks on Katy. He enjoys the smells and chasing the occasional squirrel (the dog that is, not my husband). But I was a little on edge when we went for our walk around 9:30 last night. I’d heard about a coyote sighting. And Miko, our very fluffy Samoyed, looks like an easy target for a hungry coyote. So I kept looking behind us as we walked. We got to just a little more than a quarter mile north of the American Airlines Center, when I turned around and saw him. He was very close, and he was obviously stalking us. He wasn’t bothered when we turned around to look at him, but he did stop, look at us, look at our dog who hadn’t turned around and had no idea what was going on, and then sauntered into the wooded area next to him. The only way back to the car was to pass by where he was. So we carefully made our way and then turned around. We saw him cross the trail and go to the other side. Then he sat and watched us for a while before taking off.

So be careful out there. Keep your dogs close. And surround yourself with people slower than you.

20 comments on “Beware the Coyote on the Katy Trail

  1. We had one in our neighborhood last week seen with a cat in its mouth.

    Amazingly, the police actually came out, found her and shot her when she looked like she might charge them. Then they went back the next day and found her pups, 2 dead, 2 alive and had the 2 moved to central Texas by the wildlife people.

    Now if I could just get that kind of attention when the 2 legged varmints are in the neighborhood stealing stuff.

  2. I live near the corner of Preston and Northwest Hwy (i.e., nowhere near the country, or even a green belt) and I saw a coyote when I went out for an early run a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t seem particularly interested in me; just kept trotting wherever he was going. I’m no animal expert, but I’ve heard from several sources that coyotes won’t bother humans if we don’t bother them. The bobcats – which are also coming to town – are another story.

  3. Too bad Rick Perry is busy campaigning. He’s such a tough dude. That coyote wouldn’t have a chance.

  4. A coyote charging two police officers? I’m calling BS. They, like Perry, just wanted to shoot a coyote.

  5. I’ve seen coyotes on my evening runs with my running club at White Rock. He/she just sat by the road as we ran by with our funny headlamps and blinkers. I would have been more concerned if any of us had dogs on the run. He eventually trotted off into the trees.

  6. I saw one crossing Greenville Ave. near Walnut Hill this past fall. A few weeks later I saw one dead (roadkill) in the same spot. I am sure there are more.

  7. Heck with coyotes, I’m more terrified of the speeding cyclists that continue to flourish on the KT with no regard for others. I’m not saying either faction has the right of way but, I thought the City Parks’ had some plan to make the Trail safer…..all I’ve seen is a few signs that say “turn around”. Walkers/joggers and cyclists cannot coexist on a 10 foot wide piece of pavement. We’re so afraid to upset one group, but we are fooling ourselves PERIOD!

  8. Was walking my dogs in Prairie Creek a few years ago, where I had SEEN coyotes before. I knew they were in there somewhere, but didn’t know where. We were going up an overgrown trail when my dog stopped, wouldn’t go any further, and insisted on going back from whence we had come. I decided to take my dog’s advice.

  9. I’ve seen coyotes at Tenison Golf Course and Flag Pole Hill. Coyotes like to keep a safe distance between themselves and humans, there is no charging. Now a cat or puppy…

  10. I totally agree with Clark about the cyclists. If you and your kids want to putter along on your bikes, fine. But if you want to race along at 20 mph (3 or 4 times faster than anyone else on the trail), then find somewhere else to ride. More people are going to get hurt or killed.

  11. There is nothing to fear from a coyote. Good friend is a professional wildlife expert has reassured me and many others that coyotes are only a danger to domestic cats. Cats are 75 percent of an urban coyote’s diet and cats are not native to North America and should not be roaming freely to be run over by cars, etc.. There is only one recorded death of a human being by a coyote and that was a toddler whose parents were foolish enough to feed wild predators on their driveway every evening. Coyotes are afraid of human beings and if your yard offers water, cover (deck, shrubs) or food (garbage, rats, pet food) they will gladly move in. Bob cats are even less of a threat as they prey mostly on rodents and unless rats are beloved to you then there really isn’t a problem.

  12. I thought it was well known that late night walks on the Katy Trail were generally inadvisable for a number of reasons.

  13. The coyotes have been there since Baby Does was still open. If you go down that way at night you will see large numbers of stray cats. Some dumpster dive behind restaurants, others are fed cat food en masse by well meaning but misguided cat lovers. Plenty of rats scurry across the Katy Trail at night too. I recall Cremona had the worst rat/cat problem before it burned down. If you remember they had a plywood facade on the back of their building. Rats were all over that. Coyotes are curious by nature. It was probably just wandering, making it’s rounds. They pose virtually no risk to humans. There is only one recorded death in history of a coyote killing a human. Only a few dozen people have ever been bitten by a coyote in the entire United States.

  14. Well, two coyotes were outside the windows of my Plano home a few weeks ago — howling and screaming up a storm and scaring me to death!!!! They finally went up the street when I came out the front door and yelled at them.

    We have bobcats on the rooftops and all sorts of wildlife roaming the neighborhood.

    But we all know the cougars are in Frisco…

  15. I saw two coyotes standing on the median in the middle of Turtle Creek Boulevard one evening about 11 PM. Cars were driving right past them and they were not fazed. The coyotes were very interested in my small dog I was about to place on the ground.

  16. There’s your answer. Next time you take your dog for a walk on the Katy Trail, take a spare cat with you.

  17. The comments on this thread suggesting that humans have nothing to fear from coyotes are incorrect are just short of irresponsible. While coyote attacks on humans are rare, they are increasing and the behavior of coyotes is changing as their urban populations grow. Yes, coyotes would prefer to eat feral cats, small dogs, squirrels, birds, rabbits, etc., but they have been known to take down larger prey including beef calves, whitetail fawns, yearlings and does, small feral pigs – there are trail camera photos circulating of a mature whitetail buck, with fully developed antlers, being attacked by a small number of coyotes. A simple internet search leads to the story of Taylor Mitchell who was killed by coyotes in Canada, another teenage girl who was bitten in the face by a coyote and two toddlers between 2 and 3 years old who were attacked. One toddler was killed in Los Angeles. These were a few of the attacks reported over the last two years.

    I have witnessed the wary and skittish behavior of rural coyotes. I have also occasionally seen the opposite behavior in the urban population. That behavior is becoming more and more common place. I do not advocate the removal of urban coyotes by any means, but if you do not treat them for what they are – wild animals that may attack and kill larger prey if necessary to survive – you are foolish.

  18. I saw it a couple of weeks ago in the same area early in the morning. Obviously this is it’s home. I didn’t feel threatened at all by this “wild animal”. I actually thought that it was an incredible experience and it was a beautiful animal. Personally don’t think it was a threat. If it was we would have heard about an attack by now.

    A friend of mine saw it a few days later riding his bike at night.