GIBSON TOWNSHIP — Travis Rippy and his dog, Koda, were walking behind their home in South Gibson on Monday.
Rippy said Koda ran ahead, and that’s when their daily walk took an unusual turn.
“All of a sudden I heard this commotion in the woods. When I came over the hill, I saw him and the coyote kind of wrestling around on the ground. So I ran down as fast as I could to try to stop it. I grabbed him by his collar and kind of pulled him away, and at that time I guess the coyote grabbed a hold of me,” said Rippy.
Rippy then shot and killed the coyote. He believes the animal was defending her pups.
“Basically it was protecting its den and came running out of the den after the dog, I imagine,” said Rippy.
Rippy said he never encountered a coyote before, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission said the coyote population is on the rise.