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Newport Beach jogger reports being chased by coyote

A Newport Beach man's morning jog turned into an adventure when a coyote began to pursue him and his dogs.

Brian Clarkson, 37, said he was jogging at about 8 a.m. Tuesday with his two Yorkie mixes on a trail near University Drive and Irvine Avenue when a coyote that "seemed hungry and desperate" began running toward them.

"I've never been chased by a coyote looking for a kill before," Clarkson told the Daily Pilot.

A man riding a horse yelled at the coyote, which was only momentarily deterred, according to Clarkson.

The rider then escorted Clarkson out of harm's way.

Senior Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg of the Newport Beach police said the city typically sees an increase in coyotes in the fall stemming from the birth of pups in the spring. However, no coyote attacks on people have been reported in Newport Beach, she said.

"Usually they're startled, just like people are," Schomburg said. "Most wild animals are going to flee rather than fight you."


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