Woman's Night Goes Viral After Waking Up To Find Coyote in Her Bedroom

Combined Shape

It’s early in the morning, hours before you need to wake up to start the day, and yet something wakes you up. One moment you’re cozy and content nestled under your covers, and the next you’re wide-awake and blinking into the dark.

Was it a sound that woke you up? Was it one of your kids whimpering at the side of the bed because they’d just had a nightmare? Is it your spouse flailing in their sleep?

Bonnie of Bixby, Oklahoma, woke up around 4 in the morning to sounds she described as being like a “cat fight.” Even though her room was still dark, her cat came running in.

And then a coyote ran in.

CNN's Don Lemon Fails to Get Guest to Take 'Bait,' Instead Gets Contradicted on Slavery

“I woke up, and the cat and coyote came running into my room,” she said laughing during an interview with Fox 23, “and it’s still dark.”

So there she was, in the dark, barely able to comprehend (or see) that her beloved cat and a wild animal were both in her room. She did what many would do: She screamed.

That woke up her kids. For a while, her dog — a miniature schnauzer — joined the fray, too, barking at the coyote, who realized a little too late that he was in way over his head.

He cowered in the corner of the room as the chorus of barks and screams continued. Bonnie picked up a golf club and tried to move the animal out, but he froze in the corner.

Bonnie got out, shut the door on the coyote, and called the police.

“Well my husband was out of town, and so my poor kids are upstairs and I’m screaming… And that’s when I realized ‘holy crow I’ve got a coyote stuck in my bedroom.'”

Policemen arrived with catch poles, certainly a strange sight early in the morning. “So I had three policemen in my bedrooms trying to get the coyote out,” she said.

But how would a coyote get into her house in the first place? Bonnie thinks perhaps the critter spotted her cat through a glass back door that wasn’t secured properly.

Mastercard Confronts Abuse and Sexual Exploitation on Pornography Websites with New Policy

Enticed by the meal potential, the coyote may have rushed the glass door or pried it open to try to get to the cat. A game warden confirmed it was a coyote that got in her room, but said he’d never seen a coyote chase an animal into a house before.

Fortunately no one was injured, the cat was fine, and the coyote was released back into the wild where he belonged.

Coyotes have become bolder over time as they adapt to urban living. They can even be seen in some neighborhoods now, and have grown less afraid of humans.

If you own any small pets that would fall into the category of “prey” and live in the same area as coyotes, it’s crucial to keep your doors locked and your pets secured — especially at night — otherwise you may wake up with a coyote in your bedroom!

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , ,
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking