|Barked: Fri Dec 20, '13 7:11pm PST |
|We've got coyotes and "coy-wolf" hybrids in our area.
We frequently hike with the dogs off-leash and have had 1 encounter. 6 years ago, Oz was off doing his "hunting" thing as we hiked. 2 either very large coyotes, or coywolves approached him and attacked.
He *survived* and made a full recovery.
It seemed almost as though they were harming him for sport, and not to kill. At the time he was around 20lbs, possibly a little less, and these coyotes had to be on the higher end of 60lbs. My mother approached them yelling, and they simply walked away - no fear.
Obviously since then she's learned to not hike at that particular area in the early morning, and have not had any encounters since.
I sincerely doubt they'd be foolish enough to approach you with even 1 Akita, let alone 2. As far as I'm aware, at least in my area, they are not considered to be a protected species and there isn't a whole lot legally that would be done if your dogs were to harm or kill one. They're wild animals, not someone's pet. Add on if you state that they were protecting you, I'd assume you're fairly safe on that end.
- I would however be a bit concerned as coyotes are walking diseases essentially. They are known to carry a whole bunch of nasty diseases.
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