Coyote Attacks Morning Jogger

Coyote bit woman's thigh on popular Allen trail

An Allen woman said she got a painful reminder two weeks ago of the wild -- while jogging in a suburban neighborhood.

The 39-year-old woman, who asked she not be identified, said a coyote took a bite out of her thigh as she rounded a curve on a popular Allen jogging trail.

"I think I surprised it," she said. "That's what the problem was. It was dark, really quiet, and it probably thought I was attacking it."

The trail runs along a creek bed in the Heritage Heights neighborhood.

The woman said she had to fend off the wild animal.

"As soon as it was attached to my leg, I was like, 'I've got to kick this thing, hit it, and get it off me,'" she said.

She said she is still recovering from the early-morning attack two weeks ago. She now wears a pump that drains blood from an abscess in her leg.

"It hurts, it really, really does," she said.

Allen Animal Control said coyote sightings are common, but attacks are rare.

Allen Animal Control has canvassed the neighborhood in the days since the attack, searching for the coyote and passing out fliers warning residents.

"I think everyone should be aware of wildlife," the victim said.

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