Posted: May 24, 2013 3:18 PM
BOZEMAN - A dog was killed by coyotes near the "M" hiking trail near Bozeman this week.
On Thursday evening, a woman saw her dog being attacked by animals on her property in the Churn Creek area on the south end of the Bridger Mountains near the "M," according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. FWP and USDA-Wildlife Services investigated the incident and determined the dog had been killed by two coyotes.
There could be a den with coyote pups in the area where this incident occurred, according to FWP.
"Coyotes with pups will instinctually be aggressive towards other canines (the same being true of wolves with pups). Therefore, dog owners should use caution and make sure to keep their animals close and under their control when out in rural settings. Further, pets are also subject to other risks outdoors like rattlesnakes and porcupines. Keeping them close is the best way to avoid conflicts that might result in injury or worse," a release states.