LAMBTON SHORES — A Lambton County farm family is warning farmers and rural people to be careful after they had a close encounter with a bold coyote.
Donna Laird, who farms with her husband Ron at Lambton Shores, was out for a walk and chores in the soybean field with her daughter and two-year-old grandson last month. A coyote approached within 10 feet of the two-year-old and crouched down like it was ready to spring, Laird told the Sarnia Observer. It only retreated when the boy’s mother ran and kicked at it.
A bylaw officer for Lambton Shores said there have been three aggressive coyote attacks in the area in the last year, where normally there’d only be one every three years.
Laird told the Sarnia Observer that they normally leave the coyotes alone, concerned that if they kill one that doesn’t attack their livestock, it will be replaced by more aggressive animals. The Lairds don’t own a rifle but have borrowed one since the incident.