TEGA CAY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Aggressive coyotes in Tega Cay have forced portions of a Tega Cay neighborhood park to close.
The Tega Cay City Manager tells FOX 46 Charlotte several coyote sightings have been reported at Lookout Park. Over the weekend, a neighbor was approached by a coyote who then bit his dog.
“It was rabid. That is what I figured at first because I have never seen one acting like that,” said Quintin Huseman.
It’s not uncommon to see coyotes at Lookout Park in Tega Cay, but what happened to Quintin Huseman during a walk with his two 90 pound dogs Saturday is considered uncommon. The trio met the four legged foe face to face while on a walking trail at the park.
“I wasn’t looking but straight forward and I heard a yelp. I saw the coyote had just bit her and he was coming around her at me,” said Huseman.
One of the dogs spooked the coyote back into the brush. Huseman immediately called police after the incident.
The same trail where the coyote attacked Saturday is now roped off and closed to the public until further notice. The Tega Cay city manager telling FOX 46 Charlotte traps will be set., but an official city trapper needs to map out the locations first.
The closed area is part of Lookout Park, a small community park complete with walking trails, disc golf and swings for the little ones.
“If that coyote was aggressive enough to go after somebody with two large dogs it would easily consider kids,” said Huseman.
While closing off the popular trail may cause some inconvenience, Huseman is glad the city is finally taking action.
“Either way this particular incident has to be dealt with,” said Huseman.
Tega Cay also trapped coyotes back in 2017. Four were captured during that incident. The city manager says the same trapper from 2017 is working on this latest case.