Meredith Yeomans

Frisco Runner Recalls Close Call With Aggressive Coyote

For the first time, we're hearing from one of the four people who had a close encounter with a dangerous coyote in Frisco.

Kimberlee Malin, a runner in Frisco, reported the animal in October. Since then, there have been three other attacks or near attacks, including one that seriously hurt a jogger.

Frisco Animal Services are still looking for the coyote and said there haven't been any more reports of attacks since they issued a warning in late November.

Malin said she's eager for the animal to be caught so her neighborhood can return to normal. She exercises almost every day, but not in her neighborhood anymore.

“That just scared the crap out of me,” Malin said.

Malin was jogging near her home on El Dorado Parkway at about 6 a.m. Oct. 26 when she spotted the eyes of a coyote.

She was just a week away from competing in the New York City Marathon.

"I was just thinking, of course, in my head I was like, 'I’ve done all this training, ran all these miles, I'm doing my first marathon next week and then I'm going to get attacked by a coyote,'" Malin said.

Similar to the way a coyote captured on dash camera stalked another runner, Malin said the animal ran right up to her, too.

It chased her when she tried running away.

"Then I kind of started to panic and was like, 'No, no, get away, get away.' And then I just heard a huge, like, someone laying on their horn," Malin recalled.

She said the animal eventually left, though six days later it happened again when a coyote jumped on a 9-year-old walking to school.

"I was like, 'I think that's probably the same one.' It really freaked me out," Malin said.

Then, two weeks ago a coyote attacked another jogger who police said suffered significant injuries.

It’s the reason Malin has switched to jogging in places with plenty of people, at least until her neighborhood nuisance is caught.

Frisco police are still discouraging people from jogging or walking in areas where attacks have been reported.

If you do, experts suggest you bring along a horn or whistle to scare the animal off.

Despite the rash of recent reports, coyote attacks are extremely rare.

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