NIWOT, Colo. (CBS4) – A man is recovering after being attacked by three coyotes in Boulder County on Monday morning.
The man was walking to work in the Niwot area northeast of Boulder at 5 a.m. when he heard the animals coming up behind him. One of the coyotes was large and the other two were smaller.
“They lunged at him and were scratching and biting,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.
The man told officials the attack took place over about a 70 yard stretch of road before he could finally get away from them.
He was taken to Longmont United Hospital and treated for his injuries.
“He had injuries to his face, his arms and his legs,” Churchill said.
Wildlife officials say the aggressive behavior is not typical for the animals, which generally only get defensive of their young or if someone or something is near their food supply.
Churchill said officials found and killed the larger coyote and one of the small coyotes, but she said the other animal involved in the attack so far has not been located.
“We will continue to look because we do consider this a predatory kind of attack,” Churchill said.