Caught on Camera: Coyote attacks chicken in Gloucester resident’s front yard


A security camera shows coyote jumping the fence, going after a chicken in the front yard. A sitting duck for the quick and agile hungry animal.

“Oh my God!”

The owner Cark McKay didn’t want to talk on camera but let us use the footage.

The Lopes live next door.

“Oh. . he came out of nowhere. Oh my God. I was shocked. I just, I worry about, you know, my grandkids out front.” Leslie Lopes, Gloucester

It’s no secret there are coyotes even in the middle of Gloucester but this one was boldly strutting down the street.

“We have cats that like to go outside, so you don’t really want your animal to be eaten by a coyote.” Heather Lopes, Gloucester

McKay’s backyard coop is right over their fence. It was 6:30 this morning when a pack of coyotes roamed through looking for breakfast.

“There’s their chicken coop over there.”

There are other families raising chickens. This time of year when female coyotes are birthing. The rest of the pack is busy finding food for the young pups.

“My daughter saw one right out beyond this deck.”

McKay’s Facebook post has almost 300 comments nearly all sympathetic.

Despite the lure, his neighbors are not complaining.

“No. No. As long as we don’t have roosters. That’s it.”

The experts say anyone raising chickens in their backyard would be wise to invest in an electric fence. The one deterrent proven to keep out coyotes, bears, and other wildlife.

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