A woman was hiking with her dog on Smuggler Mountain Trail near Aspen, Colorado. The labradoodle was off leash, and just ahead of her as a coyote attacked and hauled him off to a pack of coyotes, then ate the labradoodle in front of the owner according to Aspen Times .
If coyotes are brave enough to attack a pet, they can just as easily attack people. Coyote attacks on people are not common but do happen. In October 2009, a teenage folk singer, Taylor Mitchell, was hiking in Nova Scotia when she was attacked by 2 coyotes and later died from the injuries sustained.
David McDaniel runs a nuisance animal removal business in Eagle, Colorado and says he has been receiving more calls in Aspen involving coyotes. Such incidents are not unusual given the encroachment of development on wildlife areas, he said. “We don't have a good system for controlling urban coyotes in this state.”