Girl says coyote 'just decided' to make a snack out of her



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ADVANCE, N.C. (AP) — A 9-year-old North Carolina girl says she went to investigate why her mother was screaming and encountered a coyote that tried to make a snack out of her.

Nine-year-old Madilyn Fowler told The Winston-Salem Journal she was sitting on her porch Thursday when she went to check on the noise. She said the coyote latched on to her skirt, chased her and bit her three times, leaving deep gashes on her face and back.

Her mother, who had initially been alerted by barking dogs, fended off the coyote by batting its snout. It hasn't been located.

Fowler, who got five rabies shots, says coyotes previously killed the family pony and stalked their dogs.

Davie County Sheriff J.D. Hartman says the attack is unusual. State wildlife officials have been alerted.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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