CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - When a Chesapeake man told police he thought a Coyote damaged his car, the dispatcher thought he was lying.
But when an officer arrived at Robert Peek's property and saw the destruction, he said he he'd never seen anything like it.
Peek didn't know what to think when he saw the damage to his Toyota Avalon Sunday morning.
"I noticed the wheel, well, was hanging out," he said. "I went in the house and asked my wife if she had been in an accident the night before."
Peek's wife hadn't been in a car crash, so he took a closer look and couldn't believe his eyes.
"I can see the bite marks all over the front of the car. All the wheel wells had been ripped out, the fenders are tore up with bite marks, the front bumper has been ripped out on both sides," Peek said.
He went to his neighbors, hoping they could give him some clue as to the culprit of the vandalism.
"After discussing it with my neighbors, I learned that there was a coyote in the neighborhood, one of them actually stalked down my neighbors," Peek said.
Peek also found out the Coyote attacked a neighbor's chicken coop a few days earlier. Then, on Sunday, he saw it for himself.
"Three times he came out of the woods over there, yesterday," he said.
The bite marks on Peek's car reveal the ferocity of the damage done.
"There is literally thousands of dollars worth of damage to this car...and it was done by a coyote," Peek said. "If a coyote would do this, it's a dangerous animal. No animal in its right mind would do this. I personally believe this animal has rabies."
Living so close to a wooded area, Peek's seen his share of deer, raccoons and possums, but nothing like this.
"I think they need to be eradicated from Virginia," he said. "They weren't here twenty years ago, we need to get rid of them again."
Police are investigating the matter, and WAVY.com will keep you updated.
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