Woman rescued by fishermen after coyote charges at her on Cape beach

The encounter was caught on video by one of the fishermen who went to Marcy Sterlis's rescue.

A New York City woman was trying to spend some relaxing time away on the Cape Thursday morning, but instead she was met by a coyote who got too close for comfort.

Marcy Sterlis was on Race Point Beach in Provincetown just prior to noon when she saw the animal, according to Boston 25. The encounter was caught on video.

“I sat down to put my sneakers back on and as I was getting up, I look over and this coyote was four or five feet from me,” Sterlis told the news station. “It was a little too curious because it wasn’t responding to my screams to get away from me or shaking at the stick.”


The coyote didn’t depart – it continued to run around her for about 10 minutes, according to the news station.

“It was like up to a foot at some point … and it just kept coming at me, and I could not get it,” she said, as reported by Boston 25.

Luckily for Sterlis, a couple of fishermen noticed her distress. The captain of the vessel, William Kelley, began striking an oar against the side of the boat, which scared the coyote away. Kelley and Andrew DeCarton, who was on the boat with Kelley and shot a video of the incident, took Sterlis back to her car safely, according to the news station.


The encounter hasn’t scared Sterlis away from admiring the Cape’s picturesque shores. She told Boston 25 she went to Meadow Beach after leaving Race Point.

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