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Frisco Police Investigating Report Of 2 Women Attacked By Coyote

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Frisco police are investigating a coyote attack that happened early Monday morning after a woman said her husband helped save two women.

The incident happened just before 6 a.m. near Preston Road and Eldorado Parkway. Police confirmed they are investigating the attack on two women who were out jogging.

A coyote attacked these women as they were running. (photo credit: Sheri Devore)

"It didn't take long before it was starting to lunge at my friend Marcia... it knocked her down," said victim Sheri Devore. "I was just trying to get her up and we were stumbling and the grass was uneven and we were stumbling all over each other trying to kick the dog and hit it with whatever we had, or scream at it, appear bigger than it, none of it was helping... it was kind of a mental beat down honestly."

The coyote bit Marcia three times, drawing blood.

Michael Harvey said he was driving along the road when he saw Devore, her friend and the coyote. He described the animal: "It was a little smaller than I expected but he was very fast and muscular very, very aggressive, very intent on having food."

When Harvey pulled up to them to help -- honking his horn -- the two women hopped into his vehicle to get away from the animal.

"I was just driving and saw two ladies in the middle of the street. I knew immediately what was happening and tried to zoom in on the coyote and wanted to hit him, but because of the way the woman were acting, frantic and scared, I slowed down," said Harvey.

Harvey said he took the women to Medical City of Frisco to get treatment. Police say the pair suffered minor injuries.

Last month, the Frisco Police Department said it was aware of several attacks involving a coyote on Eldorado Parkway between Granbury Drive and Rogers Road. The attacks -- that all happened between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. -- date back to October 26.

In the latest incident, a jogger was attacked and suffered injuries to her neck. That person did have to undergo surgery but is in stable condition.

Frisco officials say they have been working with a private contractor, Animal Services and Texas Parks and Wildlife to locate and remove the coyote believed responsible for the attacks.

Residents are being encouraged to use the following guidelines to avoid interaction with an aggressive coyote:

Consider altering your plans for walking or jogging in the affected area until the aggressive coyote is captured.

• If you do walk or jog in the affected area, consider carrying something that makes a loud noise to scare off an animal; such as an airhorn or whistle.

• Avoid walking small animals in the affected area until the aggressive coyote is captured. If you do walk small animals, ensure they are on a leash.

• Do not allow domesticated animals to roam free outdoors.

• Do not approach or feed wildlife and keep trash in a secure container.

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