Man Says He Was Stalked, Chased by Salem Coyote
A man told Salem police officers that he was followed, chased and chomped at by a local coyote.
A man told police he was chased and chomped at by a local coyote while walking on Fort Avenue in Salem Monday night.
At 8:34 p.m., Salem police officers responded to 20 Beach Ave. after receiving word that a man had just been chased down the street by a coyote.
The man reportedly told police that at around 7:45 p.m., he was walking past the Salem Harbor Power Station when he had a frightening run-in with a coyote that emerged out of a wooded area across the street.
The man said when he noticed the coyote was following him he jumped over a wall just after the power plant and hid there for several minutes.
When he checked to see if the coyote had left the area, the man reportedly "saw the coyote standing in the middle of Fort Avenue staring at him."
When he made a break for it down Fort Avenue, the coyote chased him and "as it was chasing him it was making chomping sounds with its mouth," according to an excerpt from this morning's police log post.
The man told police the coyote eventually gave up and ran away.
An officer reportedly searched the area but didn't find the coyote.
The city's Animal Control Officer Donald Famico was reportedly notified about the incident.
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