Mount Pleasant, S.C. (WCSC/CBS News) – A South Carolina Doctor thought a coyote was following him into work last week and the incident was caught on camera.
Alexis Simmons spoke with Dr. Steve Poletti, who says when he got out of his car, he had no reason to think that he was being followed.
A coyote then followed Dr. Poletti into The Southeaster Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant. He recalled that morning walk, stating “I was just walking into work minding my own business.”
He had no idea the coyote was there at first, but once the doctor saw the animal, he thought it was a dog.
“When it brushed by my leg and turned around you could see clearly it was a coyote or a wolf it kind of bared its teeth and started growling and right then I knew it was a coyote.”, said Dr. Poletti.
Coyote sightings aren’t unusual in Mount Pleasant and the town even has a coyote management plan in place. What is odd about the situation is the fact that the coyote followed Dr. Poletti inside.
Nathan Agee, a “wildlife control specialist” with Animal Pros gives more insight, saying “That’s not something that happens all the time.”
Agee says coyotes are difficult to trap and he gets calls about sightings weekly, stating “Because of the angle of the camera it’s kind of hard to tell because it does have a slender body like a coyote would have, it seemed kind off color creme color than gray which is typical for coyote. Kind of hard to tell it had the ears and the body style.”
Dr. Poletti recalls the scene, “I kind of put my hands up and jingled my keys and the coyote took a step back and basically I came back here and pushed the exit button and took a run for it.” He says the animal followed him until it got distracted by a squirrel and then circled the building for 10 minutes.
“First concern I had being a surgeon my thought was if the coyote bites me I would rather have him bite me in the leg.”, Dr. Poletti said.
Agee considered some reasons for the sighting, saying “Maybe it was just looking for food and in the case it was a dog it was just a lost dog and it was just trying to find a place to get away.”
Dr. Poletti was still concerned long after the animal left the area, saying “If a coyote can follow me into a building it makes you worry about what’s next.”
He called the Mount Pleasant Police Department and Animal Control and was advised by the town that he would have to independently hire a trapper to catch the animal.
This is a residential and business area; his concern is for others, especially children, is that something like this will happen again.