Coyote caught on video befriending dog

Colin MacLean
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Cory Organ got a fright Friday morning as he was on his way out his front door. He found a rather brave coyote watching him from outside his living room window.

Organ, a heavy equipment operator from St. Alban’s on Newfoundland’s south coast, had a brief moment of panic when he remembered his dog, a golden lab, was tied up outside his front door.

He hurried to bring his dog inside, but was stopped dead in his tracks by what he saw. The two animals were getting along famously.

It was the strangest thing, chuckled Organ.

“The coyote came over and lifted his head right on back of my dog’s neck. They just kind of rubbed their heads together a little bit. Dog kind of brushed him (or her, it’s unclear which) off in a pretty playful manner. The coyote just kind of wandered around the house a little more, then he’d come back to the dog.”

Seeing there wasn’t an imminent throw-down fight in the works Organ calmed down and watched the coyote for about 10 minutes as it wandered around his house, stopping periodically to nuzzle with his dog.

At one point Organ whipped out his cellphone and shot a short video clip of the encounter. The clip is available online at

He’s been seeing more coyotes around the community lately, he mused, and he can remember seeing this animal in particular once or twice.

It’s a new trend that makes him uncomfortable.

Friday’s encounter seems cute, he said, but he would still not trust a wild animal.

“He was pretty sly, you know what I mean? He didn’t hurt the dog and he didn’t seem like he was a threat to the dog, but it was still a pretty uneasy feeling to have him out there,” he said.

There’s been a lot of talk of coyotes in Newfoundland and Labrador lately. A huge animal, believed to be a coyote weighing 82 pounds, was shot on the Bonavista Peninsula earlier this month and reported sightings in urban centres have been making headlines.

Whether these sightings mean that the coyote population is on the rise, or simply that reports and media attention are increasing, remains to be seen.

The Department of Environment and Conservation advises coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare, but can occur when the animals start to associate humans with food.

It says never leave edible garbage or pet food uncovered outside, have pets spayed or neutered and keep animals indoors unless under supervision. The department also advises anyone having recurring problems with a coyote to contact a conservation officer. It also advises hikers to carry walking sticks for protection.

Organ said he would keep a closer eye on his beloved pooch from now on.

Organizations: Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • seanoairborne
    March 22, 2012 - 08:41

    MIKE...I respectfully disagree with your claim?If a person in Nova Scotia was attacked and killed by a coyote then he must have done something to provoke the animal,or (2)the animal was rabid?But,I can assure you,there has never been an unprovoked attack on a human by a coyote.period!

  • Vance Rockwell
    March 22, 2012 - 08:15

    That encounter was probably a display of sexual interest. The eastern coyote originated in the west. On its slow migration across the country it interbred with dogs and coyotes.

  • Mike
    March 21, 2012 - 18:46

    Lets beware of the sense that a coyote has.They are not pets,and people should not treat them as such.If anyone has seen wild kingdom shows,then they would know not to trust coyotes.The female is forced into heat by the male to attract dogs,and as another commentator said lures the dog away to be attacked and killed by the pack.Bleeding hearts won't be so happy when a human gets attacked and killed as happened in Nova Scotia.wild they are and should be left in the wild,not treated as pets!!!!

  • seanoairborne
    March 21, 2012 - 13:41

    There has never been a recorded attack on a human by a coyote,period!Unless the coyote was rabid.Heck ,we also have rabid dogs.So should we hunt down all dogs because they may be rabid?It's totally stupid to have fear of an animal who would much rather stay away from humans as most wild animals are want to do.Leave the darn coyotes alone!If anything it is they who should stay away from ignorant humans!

    • Joe
      March 21, 2012 - 14:59

      Where are you getting your information? A girl was killed by coyotes in Nova Scotia in Oct 2009 while hiking. You obviously have a computer... look it up.

    • MissT
      March 21, 2012 - 16:51

      Actually, you are incorrect, but I respect your opinion about the other stuff you said, and actually agree totally with it. Coyote attacks on people are extremely rare (from a healthy coyote). There have been a small number of attacks on people in the U.S. and Canada, with most of the attacks involving small children under 5 years of age. Since 3 million children are bitten by dogs every year, your small child is millions of times more likely to get hurt by the family pet than by a coyote. Currently we have a warning to all pet owners to keep an eye on your little dog or cat, as we've been having a few small dogs (like a chihuaua ) taken by wolves. The pet owners are all up in arms... Well I say, we humans are encrouching on THEIR territory.... The wolves are only doing what comes naturally to them. Dont like wolves taking your little pooch, dont move to an to the bush!!! Cheers.

    • APPLE
      March 21, 2012 - 22:50

      This coyote frenzy is getting out of hand. These animals have always been classified as a predator. They are the biggest Livestock predator in North America. There have been numerous accounts of coyote attacks on small children and in 2009 a woman from Toronto was killed by a coyote attack in cape Breton. Regardless of how people react, Wildlife officials in the province know the statistics and the danger of these animals. If the rest of North America classifies them as a dangerous predator then who are we to argue?

  • Jay
    March 21, 2012 - 12:47

    Doesnt anyone realize that coyote plays this game with larger dogs, they are known to lure a dog back to an awaiting pack where they kill the dog. People use dogs in the States to hunt coyote using the dog to lure in the coyote. I would not trust a coyote around a dog.

  • David
    March 21, 2012 - 11:45

    "Befriending" that what the kids are calling it now? As in: Lucy, I'd love to befriend the heck out of you tonight!

  • Willie Hunt
    March 21, 2012 - 11:08

    When we goes moose hunting in Millertown every fall we are met at the cabin door by a koyete. Hes their every year we figure he must have a nest near bye. we feed him the best of grub and he hangs around for the hole week. At night he sleeps by the woodstove and we even learned him to give us his paw like a old dog. Willie Hunt Pouch Cove NL

  • Rod
    March 21, 2012 - 08:19

    Honestly, while I understand that people become alarmed when they see a coyote out around the door or near their childern's schools, I'm still convinced all this coyote buzz lately is exactly that -- buzz. Even though it is unwise to trust any wild animal, please, please, PLEASE people, let's not get carried away by painting coyotes the wrong colour. We need to remember that the large, 82-pound, possible wolf-hybrid the Bonavista b'y nabbed has been the only newsworthy story related to this "issue" so far. Since then, people have started calling in coyotes from all over the island that otherwise would not have been called in before (and you know it's the media outlets, NOT the wildlife offices, that they're calling). This is a perfect example of how more coverage of a certain issue (or non-issue) can change opinions and shape attitudes. Coyotes are not the threat people are now making them out to be. Since this all started, I've heard the conversation change from curiosity to fear. If you take the time to look before you panic, take a cell phone video, and call 9-1-1 (probably in that order), you'll see they're actually kind of awesome. Make a Roadrunner joke. Don't believe the hype!

    • Noelle
      March 21, 2012 - 09:10

      I personally know Cory Organ and was talking to him at the time the coyote was in his yard. He took the video to send me and we thought it was pretty amazing. We told a few people around the communtiy but didn't think much else about it until the media called him looking for the video. It is good to make the public aware of the situation in our community. I have lived in Bay d'Espoir for 20 years and have heard of coyote sightings but have never seen one myself, until recently. Coyotes have been coming further into the community and it does have people on edge. Although they may not be as dangerous as we are all making them out to be it is better to be safe and cautious about them. This is a real issue in our community and it's not just because of all the hype we're hearing in the media. They are here and it's important we learn what we can about them and make it known to the public.