By Anyssa Bohanan
Central Oregon Daily
Cyclists who have recently ridden near Kent’s Trail west of Bend are warning others that they have encountered aggressive coyotes – a cyclist even said one snapped at him as he rode by.
It’s not uncommon to run into wildlife when you least expect it in Central Oregon.
This video of a coyote was taken just this morning outside of Sparrow Bakery’s Headquarters on Bend’s West side.
Just a few miles down the road, some mountain bikers say they’ve had far more dangerous interactions with coyotes here along Kent’s Trail.
In a recent social media post, several cyclists reported they’ve encountered coyotes who turned aggressive.
At least two riders say they even had one snap at their legs as they rode past.
Though the Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife says they haven’t heard any reports, they are encouraging anyone who may encounter aggressive wildlife in the area to contact the U.S. Forest Service, and remain aware when you’re out on the trails.
“These animals, in this case, they’re out there where they should be. When you’re recreating out in Forest Service public land away from from natural development I mean there’s always a chance you’re going to run into some animal and the best course of action is to always be aware of your surroundings, and make sure that you keep your distance as much as possible,” said Sara Gregory with the ODFW. “If you’ve got children keep them close to you, if you’ve got dogs dogs can attract animals of all kinds so keep them close to you preferably on a leash. It’s mainly just having some awareness around you.”
Now we spoke to a few cyclists as they rode by earlier today and they said that they’ve never had any problems on the multiple times they’ve been out on the trail. However, local organizations say that wildlife-human interactions are going to increase in the coming future but that doesn’t necessarily mean that *all* wildlife is dangerous.