Coyote Attacks, Kills Homeowner’s Dog

Benny, Boomer and Stuff. Stuff was attacked and killed by a coyote on October 31.

Benny, Boomer and Stuff. Stuff was attacked and killed by a coyote on October 31.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Barbara Sams considers her three dogs her family members and won’t even use the word “pets” when she talks about them.

“These are my boys,” she said about her three black and white dogs named Benny, Boomer and Stuff.

Her late husband Charles Weiner who passed away two years ago of pancreatic cancer loved rescuing black and white dogs and adopted their last one, a shih tzu, a few hours before he was to be put down, naming him Stuff.  Stuff was five years old and had one bad eye and poor vision in the other, but Barbara said he was the most affectionate one of her boys.

On October 31, shortly after 5:00 a.m Barbara took them outside of her home in the Woodlands Country Club though her back patio door.  Stuff usually stayed close, but Benny didn’t, so just as she was putting a leash on Benny, her other dog Boomer started barking loudly.  It was that moment when a coyote, who was just eight feet away from her, pounced from under a bush near her house and grabbed Stuff by the neck.  She never heard a sound from the coyote or even a whimper from Stuff.  Just as quickly as he grabbed him, the coyote took off running away with him through the hedges and across the golf course.

Unfortunately, the coyote was too fast for Barbara to chase in the darkness.

Barbara was devastated. She knew all too well about the coyote problem in the Woodlands and would never leave her dogs unattended outside, but never imagined a coyote would come so close.

She said that before she moved to Tamarac, she lived in a home on eight acres in Maryland and dealt with foxes and other wildlife but they never were as aggressive as these coyotes are.  She said the situation is getting much worse because the next morning around 6:45 AM, she observed a coyote strolling across the golf course.

“These people that say you need to learn to live with the wildlife – these [coyote] are not wildlife in a natural setting because they are pushed further and further into smaller and smaller areas and they are eating all of the small wildlife there is,” said Barbara.  “So they’re going to go to the next thing there is  – which is us.”

Barbara is hoping that the community will do something about trapping the coyotes, and if they do, she would like to get involved.  She said that Benny and Boomer are both nervous about going outside, but when she takes them, she carries a bat with her. 

“I’m very aware of these coyotes, but these three little guys are my family,” she said. “The coyotes are getting bolder and more holder and more hungry and are eventually going to attack a person.” 




About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • Jeanne M.

    Trapping the coyotes won’t help. Even if the offending animals are removed, they will be quickly replaced by others. They are here and there is little we can do about it.
    We have seen coyotes out hunting as late as 9:00 a.m. at our house. While not unheard of, this is pretty unusual for a suburban coyote. They are obviously becoming less fearful.
    So, what do we do? Make sure that there is no pet food left out at night. Make sure that your garbage cans are covered. NEVER let your dogs out alone during dusk or dawn. If they need to go out, make sure they are leashed. We have now started taking ours out on leashes whenever they go out unless it’s mid day, and we generally go out with them, even then.
    When you are out with your dog, take a large airhorn, just in case., they usually don’t like loud noises.
    The only way to be relatively safe is to be vigilant.
    Remember – outdoor cats are sitting ducks.

  • Steve

    The golf club needs to get trapper to take them away. Are they waiting for a golfer to get attacked first?