Oklahoma Woman Wakes up, Turns on Light, Sees Coyote in Bedroom

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
September 12USshare

An Oklahoma woman was stunned to see a coyote in her bedroom when she woke up recently.

The homeowner, Bonnie Moriarty, woke up around 4 a.m. on Sept. 9 to a noise that she thought was her cat and dog fighting.

‘I woke up and the cat and the coyote came running into my room. It’s still dark,” she told KOKI. She thought the coyote was her dog.

When she flipped on a light, she saw the coyote in the corner of her room.

‘Well my husband was out of town so my poor kids are upstairs and I’m screaming,” she recalled. That’s when she grabbed what was nearby.

Wielding a golf club, Moriarty tried to get the coyote out. She failed to do so and called the police.

Police officers who responded to the house in Bixby used two animal control hooks to get the animal out.

“Well we shut the bedroom door and they came with, I’m sure there is a term for it but a long stick with a little loop,” she said.

Moriarty told Fox 23 that she believes the coyote, which was released back into the woods, may have gotten inside her back door, which wasn’t dead-bolted.

“He somehow just lunged at the door and the door opened,” she said, reported KOKI.

The coyote appears to have been hunting her cat, she said.

Fake Coyotes Pitted Against Geese at Connecticut Park

In a battle against goose poop, a town in Connecticut has enlisted a pack of plastic coyotes to patrol one of its most-used parks.

Middletown has spent more than $500,000 in recent years to upgrade Butternut Hollow Park on Butternut Street, and more renovations are underway.

But a gaggle of geese and their nuisance droppings have irked residents. The huge new playground that opened there last year should be complemented by the open grass beside the pond and its fountains, but the droppings create an unpleasant muck that limits the play area.

“Goose droppings and children just don’t mix at that park,” said Public Works Director William Russo.

Three of the plastic coyotes are stationed at Butternut Hollow Park. The replicas have tails that move in the wind to make them appear more realistic.

“Every four or five days we have to move them so the geese don’t get comfortable,” Russo said. “We’re not going to get into trapping or anything like that. We’re just trying to discourage them.”

Moving the coyotes periodically will hopefully spook the geese enough to cut down on droppings around the park, he said.

Russo said the city buys the coyotes at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Several of the faux predators have also been used at Middletown High School to keep geese off athletic fields.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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