Thursday, May 30

Forest Service warns of coyote attack on Uwharrie Trail

Coyote – Stock Image (Harry Collins / Adobe Stock)

ASHEBORO — The U.S. Forest Service is warning visitors to be on alert following a recent coyote attack on a trail in the Uwharrie National Forest.

In what is being called an isolated incident, early Saturday morning two individuals received minor injuries after being attacked by a coyote on the Uwharrie Trail near Big Island Creek.

The U.S. Forest Service and N.C. state officials are working to locate the coyote involved. 

According to a press release, encountering coyotes and other wildlife can be a common occurrence in the Uwharrie National Forest. Officials offered the following tips:

  • Know before you go—contact the District Ranger’s office (open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or visit the National Forests in North Carolina’s webpage for the latest alerts and safety information.
  • Never approach any wildlife, when in the forest. If an animal appears to be in distress, contact the District Ranger’s office or county animal control.
  • When camping, make sure to secure all food and trash to avoid attracting wildlife. Prepare food at least 100 yards away from sleeping areas.
  • If you are injured during an unintentional encounter with wildlife, seek immediate medical attention. 

For more information visit the Wildlife Safety in the South page on the U.S. Forest Service’s website.