A pack of coyotes broke the window of a Riverside home Monday morning while trying to attack a puppy.
According to Riverside Police, officers received a call around 1:20 a.m. from someone claiming coyotes were trying to break the resident’s rear door in the 0-100 block of South Herbert Road.
The resident heard a commotion outside and discovered four coyotes about to attack his puppy, police said. He called the puppy inside and shut the door behind it. The coyotes followed and began to paw at the door until the owner scared them away.
Police said the owner shot a high-powered BB gun at the coyotes hitting two of them. When the officers arrived at the home the coyotes were gone but several panes of glass on the outer door were broken.
Sergeant Bill Gutschick said that is his 25 years on duty, this was the first incident he has heard of where coyotes tried to gain entry into a home.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel urged all residents be aware of wild animals in the area while outside.
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