BOZEMAN – On May 23, a Bozeman woman witnessed her dog being attacked by animals on her property in the Churn Creek area on the south end of the Bridger Mountains near the “M”. Fish, Wildlife and Parks and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services investigated the incident and determined that two coyotes had killed the dog.

FWP would like to alert residents and recreationists to the possibility of a den with coyote pups in the area where this incident occurred. Coyotes with pups will instinctually be aggressive towards other canines (the same is true of wolves with pups). Dog owners should use caution and keep their animals close and under their control when in rural settings.

Further, pets are also subject to other outdoor risks like rattlesnakes and porcupines. Keeping them close is the best way to avoid conflicts that could result in injury or death.