Cellphone video captures coyote confrontation at Holmes Lake

A Lincoln man captured video of his confrontation with an "aggressive" coyote at Holmes Lake on Friday.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Lincoln man captured video of his confrontation with an “aggressive” coyote at Holmes Lake on Friday.

The man, who did not want to be identified, lives in the area and told Channel 8 Eyewitness News and said he was walking his dog when the coyote approached them on the dam.

Video on his cellphone shows him pulling his dog down the side of the dam, as the coyote follows them all the way to his nearby townhouse.

The man said he’s seen many coyotes in the area, but never had an experience like that.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “They’ve never been aggressive or been more brazen.”

The man, who is a former Husker linebacker, said he normally would have stood his ground with the coyote, but didn’t want his dog to get tangled up with the animal.

“He’s a lover boy, not a fighter,” he said of his dog, Duke. “You worry about the fat old ladies with their little poodles, they probably wouldn’t have fared as well.”

The man told Channel 8 Eyewitness News the coyote got “within five feet” of him and Duke. He said he threw Duke over a fence and then jumped over to get away before walking to his home. He said the coyote sat outside his home for about an hour before wandering off.

Last week, a Lincoln family shared a warning after they say their dog was killed by coyotes near a trail.

 

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