Large Coyote Shot on Mill Bridge Road

January 15, 2013

coyoteOn Saturday, January 5th, Chance Underwood was deer hunting off  Mill Bridge Road. Chance encountered and shot a male coyote that weighed 43 pounds.

Coyotes are not considered a threat to humans. There have been a few attacks by coyotes on humans in North America. It is recommended people never feed coyotes, as most of the attacks have been associated with animals that have been fed by humans at a park.

If someone comes across a coyote in the wild, treat it like any other wild animal; Enjoy it, but from a distance. There is only a recent history of coyotes having a presence in Calvert County.

Coyotes were not present in Maryland when the first European settlers came here in the early 1600s, Wolves were present and that is probably what kept the coyotes away.

Wolves have been wiped out in Maryland, and starting in the 1900’s, there are records of coyotes moving from the mid- and southwest to the east. Regular sightings of coyotes started happening in about the 1980’s in Maryland. Coyotes are in every county in Maryland. They’ve been in Calvert County for at least 15 years or more.

A coyote’s diet consists of small mammals, like mice and rabbits. They will kill and eat deer as well. Coyotes are very adaptable animals but a mixture of forests, fields and wetlands is a perfect environment for them. They also will come into suburbs so Calvert County is a “great place for coyotes” to live.

Margit Miller / Staff Writer / Editor

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86 Responses to Large Coyote Shot on Mill Bridge Road

  1. Dawnandlo on January 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Why’d he shoot it? Was there a need? Did he eat it? If not, he shouldn’t have shot it. What a waste. SMH

    • Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      cause it is a threat to smaller children if the animal gets hungry enough and cannot find a small mammal to prey on. so therefore it is not a waste

      • Kristina on January 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        Where did you get THAT idea? Heard of any children getting eaten?
        Are we running out of mice?

      • Great Read on January 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

        I agree with the shot, they will start to over populate & cause danger to the area. They shouldn’t even be in this area so take’em out now!

        • Dawnandlo on January 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

          They’ve been here for half a century lol. Way to overreact to the big scary thing.

          • td on January 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

            when you see one in your backyard near your kids or animals bet youll change your mind.

    • Ryan on January 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Wow, shaking your head when you don’t even know the responses to your own questions…….Shaking MY head…..

    • Kristina on January 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I totally agree. They eat “mice and rabbits” primarily, and don’t bother us. This guy just looks like he’s glad he shot something. Not cool, dude. Not cool at all.

      • Patrick on January 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        OK so lets get this straight. you dont understand why he killed the coyote? they will kill a small toddler. there have been reports of a coyote killing a human. just one coyote no, but in a pack yes. its the nature of the beast. they do primarily prey on squirles, mice, snakes, rabbits, deer and such. but given a chance if hungry enough they will attack small children. COMMON SENSE!!! i hunt during deer season. if i see one in the woods it is being shot as well. no good to us whether it is used for food or not. city slickers i swear.

        • Deb on January 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

          You are correct. There have been instances where coyotes have attacked children and not just as a pack. I live in North Carolina and we have an increasing coyote population. Several small dogs and cats have been attacked, and some have been killed. We have also had instances of pack hunting of deer. One of the most concerning instances was that of a rabid coyote that attacked at least three dogs – one that was alone in a yard, one that was being walked by its owner, and a large (75 pound) retriever that he attacked while children were in the yard (the coyote climbed the fence to attack this dog). While I do not advocate the widespread eradication of the coyote population, there are reasons to selectively cull the pack. Specifically, when illness is suspected, when domesticated pets are being routinely stalked and taken, and when livestock is being routinely stalked and taken. The bottom line is that coyote are here and they are here to stay.

        • Kristina on January 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          I’d appreciate you keeping your yearly hunting trip off my family farm in York Co. We have had no trouble with the occasional coyote, but hunters with a determination to shoot SOMETHING just scare me.

          • jimmy on January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

            lady are u for real i dont think anyone wants to hunt on your familys farm these things are a threat to the area and before them get out of hand im glad to see that a shoot it

        • JF on January 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

          Coyotes are solitary hunters, wolves hunt in packs. Wolves want nothing to do with humans and will only attack if sick. Coyotes will attack small children if the child is unattended. Anything close to the coyote’s size, and they will split. The deer they attack are usually fawns that, for whatever reason, stray too far from their parent or wander off on their own. Lived in Minnesota for 15 years. Had plenty of experiences with both coyotes and wolves.

        • Dawnandlo on January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

          Whens the last time a person was attacked by a coyote outside of the southern california area. They’ve been here for 50ish years. You know anyone that’s been attacked? Probably not.

    • Bridgett on January 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      He should not have shot it, They my be scared of humans. It was not hurting anyone.

    • Anonymous on January 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      My family hunts in St. Marys. They spotted coyotes on their cameras and called to see if they were aloud to kill them. They were told to kill any they saw. They can be a threat if they over populate and food starts to become a problem. If they hungry enough they will begin attacking dogs, cats, and children. That is the response my family got when they talked to someone in natural resources.

  2. Brian on January 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Is there a season on coyotes in MD? What are you allowed to shoot them with? That’s a good sized one there…

  3. Rodney Brooks Jr. on January 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, coyotes are in Calvert County.

  4. SBinCB on January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I think that guy is in trouble unless he has a furbearer hunting permit. Hope he spent the $5. I’m betting he didn’t.

    • Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Legal to shoot year round if you take it while legally hunting something else. He was legally hunting deer so he was within the law to take the coyote too.

      And coyotes also eat small dogs and cats. The Maryland DNR web page also documents loss of livestock as coyotes invade more of Maryland. Yes, I said invade. Coyotes are not indigenous to Maryland and have migrated from the west since mankind killed off the wolves.

      • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

        :( I love wolves.

        • Bridgett on January 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

          wish he could get a big fine.

          • mark on January 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

            U should mind your business and shut up and leave this guy alone hope one gets your pets and then see u run your mouth.

          • Anonymous on January 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

            Lady shut up, you don’t know what your talking about.

          • Anonymous on January 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

            Some states would give him a reward. Not Maryland. They have whiners like you that feed these animals. And these animals spread rabies.

  5. gmama on January 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Why would he shoot it??????????? For show casing, or was it a threat to him????

    • Dan on January 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

      It’s a threat to anyone who has small children or dogs/cats.

  6. Wile E. Coyote on January 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    That’s my dog!!!

  7. Dan on January 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Oh no, Fluffy!!!!!

  8. Dolly Carter on January 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Why did he shoot it? I’d love to hear the justification for this.

    • jim on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      OK, heres the low down on coyotes, having lived around them for years, they will eat your small dogs and cats, without hesitation, single coyotes have attacked several toddlers to 3 year old children over the years, they are easy prey for coyotes, Coyotes will kill Red and Grey foxes, both for food and to eliminate competition, they will severely affect squirrel and rabbit populations if they gain a strong foothold. They will kill chickens, geese, ducks, sheep, pigs by themselves without being in a pack. If your neighborhood starts missing pets, good chance theres a coyote in the area. You can believe what I am telling you here or say its Baloney, I really dont care, I am a 52 years old retired Law enforcement officer who has taken many reports regarding coyote destruction, I think I should know. He did right by shooting it, before it killed someones pet or worse.

      • Bridgett on January 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        You should not leave 3 year old children ALONE outside on your propery or anyone elses. Anything could happen tom them.

        • Anonymous on January 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

          My backyard is fenced. I will leave a three year old alone out there for short periods of time.

    • poncho on January 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Maybe he thought it was a deer. It’s a large animal.

  9. Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Just like anything there has to be balance system. If left unchecked their population would flourish and soon be rampant. Think of how many deer you see dead on the road. Think of how many more there would be if they were not hunted. How long do you think it would take for the coyotes to reach that point and run low on food in the wild and move into neighborhoods in search of easier prey.

  10. Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Coyotes commonly eat pets such as small dogs and cats in other states. They also are a threat to the native deer population by consuming fawns in the spring. Wild turkeys are also affected by this predator. Google the impact of them on native wildlife. Not a good thing for Southern Maryland.

    • Bridgett on January 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm


      • Anonymous on January 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        They have never been native to this area. Though the act of killing the coyote may be distasteful to some it was the right thing to do. Coyotes are a tremendous threat to native species including deer. Many scientific studies have been done that show fluorescent are a major contributor to fawn mortality. They also prey upon pets and domestic livestock. House cats in particular are a favorite prey target due to their availablity, size, and relative ease to catch. Removing this animal from the local ecosystem was the responsible thing to do.

  11. Whisk3rHole on January 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Don’t know what all the fuss is! They WILL take off with your pets as well. So get over it the state will be ok with one less coyote geez. Worry about deer and their plan to take over the world!!

  12. Pat Waters on January 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    It is a fact they will come and take your small pets for a meal, they sure are not an endangered species the multiply big time , you do not want them

  13. rumor on January 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Rumor is DNR released them to control deer population. Idk how true that is though.

    • Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Uhhhh…no. DNR did not introduce an invasive species that would ultimately do more harm.

      Did you know there is NO LIMIT on the amount of coyote one may take? I would say DNR would like to see them kept in check.

      Easiest way to notice coyote have established themselves in a populated area is by the increased reports of ‘missing cats’. Do your own investigating if you don’t believe it.

      The only reason this is news is that they are not overly established in southern md so we don’t hear of them regularly being taken.

  14. County Boy on January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Instead of shaking your head, you could shake your butt right on to the city where they don’t have THIS kind of predator of small critters (pets/little children). I’m going old school here and saying “GET A GRIP and GET OVER IT……”

    • Deb on January 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Los Angeles is full of coyotes. So is Charlotte, NC and even New York City.

      • County Boy on January 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        Good Deb, glad you got a chance to add your little geographical fact. Adda girl.

  15. Barbie on January 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    He shot it because they are a threat to farmers around here. We have cattle and have already lost a calf to them. They are horrible to have around here!

  16. rumor on January 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Their killing peoples chickens too. Shoot them all.

    • lynn on January 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Kinda sounds like Hitler, ‘shot them all’.

      • Anonymous on January 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Oh grow up. Lame attempts at insults are restricted to the baby page. And that isn’t here.

  17. Larry on January 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Why did he shoot it?

    • Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Because he legally can…

  18. clueless on January 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    They are a threat to just about all farmer animals, little children, domestic animals and our wildlife as well. Not to mention they are known that carry rabies at a high rate. I have a friend that killed one on the back deck of his house in a populated neighborhood and it had his dog pinned under the table on the back deck of his home trying to get to the dog food on the deck. I is more risk then reward have them around. As a cattle farmer will other farmer animals on the farm as well as kids and domestic animals at my home. Its is my intent to kill everyone I see.

  19. Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I was there when he shot it. The coyote was getting ready to attack me. He saved my life and he is a hero!

  20. Steve Brookbank on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Think of them as “snakeheads with fur”. They do more harm than good.

  21. timebandit on January 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Such entertainment! Next thing you know Martin O’Malley will be down here in Calvert County preaching the evil of the Coyote death penalty!

    • PECKERWOOD on January 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

      From DNR


      Firearms, Bow & Crossbow
      Coyotes may be hunted in all counties year-round during daylight hours (½ hr. before sunrise to ½ hr. after sunset) except Sunday.
      No limit
      No limit

      Oct. 15–Mar. 15
      Coyotes may be hunted in all counties day and night except Sundays.
      No limit
      No limit

  22. trish on January 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

    So we’re going to complain about the deer population but shoot the animals that eat the deer? Makes sense.

  23. Anon. on January 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

    With the coloring of the coyote, it could have been mistaken for a deer.

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Coyote do not move like deer. It would not be mistaken by a responsible hunter. A responsible hunter identifies what something is before firing or releasing. Responsible hunters do not take ‘sound shots’.

      Sound shot: shooting into brush or cover where noise is heard, without without 1st confirming what is making the sound.

  24. Pat on January 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Well I’m sure he couldn’t help himself but kill the animal. Because anytime a man in Calvert County wearing a baseball hat sees a strange and defenseless animal – their first instinct is to kill it.

    Did a DC reporter happen come to interview him on TV?? Pretty please because we need some more entertainment down here.

    • lynn on January 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Not just men but I know of some women who would love to kill anything they can and also go around bragging about it. I had one of my horses shot a year ago by one of these great hunters and they never even came and let me know that they had shot him. Wonder if they took pictures before they left him.

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Hmm…I didn’t realize every man in Calvert that wore a baseball hat hunted. You must have read that on the internet…can’t be put on the internet unless it’s true, right?

  25. Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Who cares… they are animals, they eat other animals. Whats so surprising about Social Darwinism? Whether you shoot them or not there will always be too many of them(just like deer) so there really is no purpose of arguing about it.

    • lynn on January 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Just like there is why toooooo many humans and they do alot more damage then the deer.

  26. Vegan on January 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Nice yodel dog, prime pelt. Not native to this area and they will eat your fluffy and snookums. They have been known to grab small children.

  27. WOW on January 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

    glad it was a male too, one less to spread his seeds around !!!!!!!!!!

  28. bugs bunny on January 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Well long as the road runner is safe. If your cats and smaller dogs come up missing then you’ll see why.

  29. Anon on January 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Never seen a report of a coyote attacking a child here in MD. Also this looked like a lone coyote so I don’t think it would attack. If it was a pack I understand but I feel shooting this lone one is just cruel.

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      It looked like a lone coyote? So you were there during the encounter? WOW!

  30. Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Looks like someone’s pet…

  31. Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Wel i live in saint inigoes and ther every where and i shot three alredy and will shoot another

  32. Gary Tice on January 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    If you leave you cat out to roam at night, don’t be sad when they don’t come home. Heere Wily Coyote, dinner. Come get it.

  33. Gill on January 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    How did he know it wasnt a dog ? Still to the normal stuff…..and dont be killing an animal “just because”.

  34. micoxaphlopen on January 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    who cares?!?!

  35. woof on January 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    the only problem is the dum@zz hunters who cant identify a deer correctly (once saw a dum@zz trying to check in somebody’s pet goat at a deer check in station) are now gonna get themselves a trophy coyote and everyone’s pet dogs start disappearing cause elmer fudd shot them cause elmer dont know the diff between german shepherd and coyote…..

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      your an idiot

  36. RKA on January 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    won;t eat it but will make a nice jacket

  37. Weirdo on January 17, 2013 at 5:39 am

    You guys know nothing. The man was walking in the woods with his toddler son and was attacked by the coyote out of nowhere. Luckily, since he was a concealed carry license holder, he drew his weapon and shot in self defense.

  38. Bridgett on January 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The story says he was DEER HUNTING.

  39. Anonymous on January 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Ill shoot your dog if it ends up on my property too. Why? Because its MY property..And yes take a pic if youd like… Bridgette- know what youre talking about before running your hole… You all are so worried about one coyote?? Youre right its not endagered.. its INVASIVE. If youre really this worried about the precious animals then how about all the native species this one coyote would push out or destroy!! Kill them all before these liberals take our guns!!!

  40. Leroy on January 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I have hunted and lived with coyotes in multiple states. They can and will attack smaller pets when food becomes scarce in an area. No they are not considered a danger to people and that includes children. A rabid coyote is the only one you need to fear and that is in the same sense as any rabid animal. The population of rabbits, squirrels and the like are in high numbers in southern maryland and should keep the coyote population well fed and hear to stay. They are pretty smart and adaptable animals and have my respect as a true survivalist. Please don’t feed into overblown fears and just educate yourselves before you overreact. Coyotes are here to stay, and there is nothing you can do about it. Just understand what that means and try to adapt as well as they do. As a hunter they make a wary and interesting animal to hunt, but there is no need to fear them. Besides, there is nothing you can do to stop them from further establishing their number here. The occasional cat or small dog will go missing but outside of that they will have little impact on anything else. As far as the deer population, even a pack of coyotes (actually a rare thing as they are not the typical pack animals) will not take down a deer. They will however kill and eat any small fawns in the spring. Typically they have little impact on the deer heard size, as even a yearling deer in more than a match for any coyote. Hope this helps educate some of you.

    • Dawnandlo on January 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      well said. I’ve been researching since I first read this story and everything I’ve read agrees with what you’re saying. I think overblown fears is exactly the right term in this situation.

  41. Dawnandlo on January 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Keep your pets in doors if you can’t supervise them outside. Same goes with your kids. There’s no record of Coyote attacks on people in Maryland. As for pets..pets are small and food to a coyote. Anything that could be construed as food should probably be kept an eye on. Most coyote attacks occur in the Southern California area, and usually because the person attacked was trying to feed them. There isn’t an over population problem in this area. Part of the landscape for the last 40-50 years around here. Get over it.

  42. Brad on January 21, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Hunters have killed more people than Coyotes have. So should we shoot hunters when we see them

    I used to hunt and the people who killed wild life for the sake of killing made me sick and still does

    • tim on January 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      You dont know what you are talking about. You where never a hunter.You should find the facts out about the story before you run your mouth.

      • Anonymous on January 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

        Why can’t everyone drop the story and move on.