A Canadian woman escaped with her life Wednesday when she fought off a coyote attack in her back yard. She was treated for minor injuries.
Marie Simon told CBC News the ordeal began when she took her puppy Sampson into the back yard at 2:30 a.m in Saint-Charles, New Brunswick. She said, "He (Sampson) started pulling to go back in the house. I thought it was just a puppy thing, and I heard a snarl and I turned around and I thought it was just a dog and ended up it was coming right at me. All I could see was teeth."
Ms. Simon's first reaction was protect her puppy which she was able to throw about 3 metres away but found herself under attack by the wild animal.
She said in an interview with CBC, "It started trying to bite at me and bite at me and I just covered my head with both my hands like that and swinging off punches when I could."
"Finally, it went to go at my neck and my jaw," after an approximate 10 minute struggle, "And I just seen it there and I just got my left and went right at its mouth, and I connected with the mouth and the coyote yelped."
The coyote then retreated down a nearby path.
Ms. Simon went to the hospital where she received a tetanus shot and was bandaged.
It was just this past October that a young Toronto woman was killed while on a hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
The Cape Breton attack has prompted the National Park to post warning signs for visitors in an effort to educate visitors about how to deal with aggressive wild animals, reported CBC.