Pack Of Coyotes Kills Dog On Walk At Lake Tahoe

KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have issued a warning after a dog was killed by a pack of coyotes while being taken for a walk in broad daylight by its owner at Lake Tahoe.

E. Rhodes of Incline Village, Nev., let her two whippets run in front of her last Friday morning in a wooded area of Kings Beach when about eight coyotes jumped her 35-pound male dog, Pierce.

Later that night, Lora Rogers of Incline Village lost her 2-year-old Jack Russell, Zena, to a pack of coyotes just outside her home.

California Department of Fish and Game biologist Doug Updike says the attacks aren't unusual, and smaller dogs can be an attractive food item for coyotes.

Rhodes says she tried to scare the coyotes away from her dog with a whistle but they wouldn't budge. She says she'll never walk dogs in the woods around Tahoe again.

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