Ian O’Reilly said he, his wife and their three children were taking a walk on an Exeter trail when the animal came up and grabbed his 2-year-old son by the jacket, pulling the boy to the ground.
O’Reilly and his wife managed to separate the coyote from their son. O’Reilly said he tried kicking it and getting it to run off, but it wouldn’t. He was bitten on his chest and forearm but managed to get on top of the animal and cut off its air supply.
His son wasn’t bitten.
“In the middle of the moment you’re not really thinking or recording a whole lot,” O’Reilly said. “It’s really just instinct. The fact that when we tried to kick and push and get rid of him, it became clear that he was not disengaging.”