MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) - She's arming herself to be ready to face the wild in the middle of town.
Earlier this month, a coyote chased a woman down, as her neighbor watched from inside her home.
Darlene Smith lives on Morningside Drive in Morristown. She jogs around her block three times a week.
But since she saw the coyote, she's changing her routine and won't leave home without her pepper spray.
It was 8:15 in the morning as Smith passed this open field, then she noticed a shadow following her.
"I tried to run away from him, instinctively. But then realized that's not a smart idea because he got more aggressive. The faster I ran the faster he got," said Smith.
She got a ride from a neighbor back to her house.
"I didn't want to be scratched. I didn't want to be bit. Because you don't know what's wrong with it and they're very unusual to approach a human," said Smith.
Linda Plankenhorn was stunned as she everything happen from her nearby window.
"Because you don't ordinarily see wild animals on a busy street," said Plankenhorn.
She walks her dog everyday, and is scared a wild animal could sweep through and pick up her beloved pet Willie.
"I look in both directions before we start out. But we haven't heard about it in two weeks, we don't know what happened to him," said Plankenhorn.
Even though it isn't seen, with kids in the neighborhood, the coyote is something many are watching out for.
Smith says she did call TWRA to come out and try to catch the coyote. But as far as she knows, they weren't able to find it.
Certainly a wily coyote, and with housing developments encroaching on their territory, it's becoming more common to see coyotes in neighborhoods.
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