PROVINCETOWN (CBS) – The coyote chased Marcy Sterlis from the dunes from the race point to the waterfront in Provincetown. She only had one stick.
“I assumed he would react and go, and he doesn’t. And it totally caught me off guard, and it kept coming towards me, ”she said.
The coyote kept coming back to her. Two fishermen, who shot video of the incident, heard Marcy scream.
They pushed their boat to the sand to give it an emergency exit.
“I know we had to get her out of there, that we had to do something. No one else was, ”said rescuer Bill Kelley.
Marcy climbed into the boat and they took her to safety.
“I was terrified, and if two fishermen hadn’t come to get me I don’t know what I would have done because they were the only ones helping me,” Sterlis said.
Last summer in Provincetown, a coyote bit a swimmer and killed a dog. Wildlife experts believe it was because people were actually feeding coyotes.
The one who attacked Marcy may have been looking for a document.
“This animal was reacting, that’s what made me think it was fed by people. And it’s comfortable to approach people and maybe that’s what happens there, ”said Dave Wattles of Massachusetts Fish and Game.
It is well established that if you are confronted with a coyote, you do not turn your back on it. You make yourself as tall as possible, and as strong as possible to scare him. For tips on how to prevent conflict, visit mass.gov.
Sterlis did everything right, but the coyote couldn’t believe it.