Coyote chases 9-year-old skier at Tahoe resort
By FRANK X. MULLEN JR. • firstname.lastname@example.org • January 6, 2009
Nothing gets a mother's attention as fast as a coyote chasing her 9-year-old son down a ski slope.
On Sunday, Cindi Dyer of Reno and her son, Nicholas, were skiing down a black diamond run at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort about 3 p.m. Dyer said the run was well-groomed and hard packed.
"I was telling (Nicholas) to carve his turns a little bit more," she said. "All of a sudden, out of the trees came a coyote that pursued him straight down (the run). Nicholas caught him out of the corner of his eye and knew something was coming at him, and he came straight down the hill.
"I was telling him, 'Keep skiing, keep skiing.'"
Dyer said a male skier wearing a black cowboy hat saw the chase and skied toward the coyote.
"He immediately started chasing the coyote and yelling at him and chased him away," she said. "The man was in a panic, a big guy waving his poles and yelling. The coyote didn't seem too worried. He just headed over to the other people."
Dyer said the animal was very close to the back of her son's skis.
"He was going as fast as my son," she said. "If he had fallen, he would have been attacked."