A coyote pack attacked and killed a horse in the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Mounted Division.
In a bizarre situation, a coyote pack descended upon and killed a horse from the mounted division of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.
The attack occurred on Sunday, January 25 at around 3:00 p.m. at a farm along the Lapeer-Oakland County border in Michigan.
Lieutenant Bruce Osmon, the head of the mounted unit, stated that the horse had been feeding only 20 feet from the barn and 70 feet from a house when the owners heard a disturbance.
“There was a pack of coyotes that had taken the horse down,” said Osmon. “Unfortunately [the coyote pack] ganged up on this mare and drug her down from the back.” Dogs on the property chased the coyote pack off the farm.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Oakland County Sheriff’s Department both responded to the scene in addition to the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department.
Lt. Osmon added,
It’s [the coyote] mating season starting. They are hungry and more aggressive….We just need to get out to the community there is a danger right now. It could have been a kid or adult.
The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Mounted Division currently has 11 deputies that spent more than 2,240 hours on patrol in 2014. Their primary function is law enforcement, but the unit also performs crowd control, conducts search and rescue, and helps with community policing and guarding of inmates during work detail outside of the county jail.
Given the incident and increasing coyote sightings, several residents have started to include burros or donkeys in their livestock pens. Burros are known for the loud noises they make and their determined tendency to defend themselves and other animals against coyotes.
Lt. Osmon informed residents, “Stay clear and leave the area,” if they come in close contact with a coyote.
He also recommends that residents eliminate all outdoor food sources, clear wood and brush piles, and keep pets inside if coyotes have been observed in their area.
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