SANTA FE — After several reports of confrontations between hikers’ dogs and coyotes in recent weeks, Santa Fe National Forest officials are asking residents “to be alert to situations for potential wildlife conflicts and learn how to avoid them.”
A dog owned by Santa Fe residents Houston and Alice M. Davis was attacked July 10 by a coyote while Houston Davis and their two dogs were hiking along a service road in the Millennium Lift area.
As previously reported in the Journal, hikers have told of other confrontations between dogs and coyotes in the ski basin in late June and early July.
“Because of their fear of humans, people aren’t generally attacked by coyotes,” said R. William Amy, the forest’s wildlife program manager. “Pets, however, could be especially if the coyote is stressed from being displaced by recent wild fires, drought, or is protecting a den of pups in the area.”