Faron Scarberry received 26 shots for rabies after he was attacked by three coyotes in his own Kent, Washington, backyard, which borders a wooded area. Scarberry suffered bruised knuckles, scratches on his left hand and arm, and bites on his right leg in an encounter that reportedly had him in the emergency room for most of Friday night. This week, Scarberry has been talking about the scary incident as a means to warn others, especially since there is an elementary school nearby.
Q13 Fox News has the report:
“I love wildlife,” Scarberry told Komonews.com. “I like looking out the deck, looking at them. But when they’re starting to threaten the animals and people in the neighborhood, it’s gone a little bit overboard.”
The coyotes entered the yard through a hole in the fence and originally went after Scarberry’s puggle dog named Cooper.
“One of them lunged up at me and I kinda pushed it away with my hand,” Scarberry told Q13 Fox News. “Its claws scratched my hands and wrist, and then one of them grabbed me by the pants leg and started shaking my leg, so I just started kicking and hitting at them to get them off me, and they ran back under the fence.”
Wildlife officials told reporter Tom Yazwinski that the “coyotes are out there searching for food and they’ll eat just about anything (and) little pets are on the menu.”
Sgt. Kim Chandler of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife told Komonews.com that urban coyote issues are pretty constant as they look for food this time of year.
“They rely heavily on fruit,” Chandler told Komonews.com. “All the fruit is gone now, so they’re now in scavenging mode–cats, little dogs are a treat, and they’ll eat them.”
The ordeal isn’t quite done for Scarberry, unfortunately. He has more shots for rabies over the next three weeks.
Photos: The tiny dots surrounding the bite marks on Scarberry’s leg are from the 26 rabies shots. Images from Q13 Fox News video report.
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