A 14-year-old boy who was attacked by an aggressive coyote earlier this week said he fought for his life when the animal pinned him down.
Brandon Bisson was out dirt biking with friends on a trail near Sydport Industrial Park in the Westmount area of Cape Breton around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The group separated to go home and Bisson stopped to relieve himself. He turned around and saw the coyote approaching, so he backed away and tried to get back on his dirt bike.
"It grabbed me by my boot so it caught me off balance, so I fell over. It got halfway on top of me so I just grabbed it by the neck and kneed it in the stomach a couple of times," Bisson told CBC News on Thursday.
"It just backed off me. I got up and kicked it in the ribs, then it ran off into the woods."
The coyote bit Brandon three times — on his foot, behind his knee and on his hip. The animal's fangs pierced his skin twice.
Brandon said if it hadn't been for his heavy dirt bike boots and thick riding gear, the coyote would have ripped him apart.
"I think if I wasn't wearing this, I would probably bleed to death from the bites," he said.
Joe Bisson, Brandon's father, said his son was "white as a ghost" when he got home.
"When he took his helmet off, I could tell there was something up. I could see that look of fear and shock in his eyes," he said.
"I think the dog would have killed him, because where it bit him behind the knee, it would have just ripped the tendon right out of him and he wouldn't have been able to stand up to fight back."
Joe Bisson said the trail, which is just under one kilometre away from their home, is a popular trail for bikers in the area. He suspects in this case, the coyote may have been protecting a den.
The incident was reported to the Department of Natural Resources. The department said it was a rare and unprovoked attack and they can't explain it.
Joe Bisson said his son spends a lot of time in the woods and he did the right thing.
"If an animal like that comes at you, you have to fight for your life," he said.
Andrew Pyke, with the Department of Natural Resources, said a trapper is being called to find the animal and kill it.
"Our department response is dictated by the animal's behaviour and our policy calls for these animals to be removed," he told CBC News.
"We will be posting the areas we are working in and all the residents in the local area will be personally notified."
Brandon Bisson is now starting rabies vaccinations as a precaution. He said he'll return to the trail — but not for a couple of weeks.
"I am taking a break for a bit," he said, laughing.
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