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Student athletes help save child from coyote attack

Athletes save boy from coyote
Dominic Bruce (left) and Ryan Taylor, members of the DePaul track and field team, helped rescue a boy from a coyote attack in January. (Image courtesy of DePaul Athletics)
On Jan. 8, two runners on DePaul's track and field team helped save a small boy from a coyote attack in Lincoln Park.  

Sophomores Ryan Taylor and Dominic Bruce were completing a workout at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum when they heard screams and jumped into action. The pair helped the boy's caretaker chase away the coyote with sticks and loud noises. 

"The track team headed south on a running trail alongside Lakeshore Drive, while Dominic and Ryan decided to go north," says Bob Sakamoto, assistant director for media relations in DePaul Athletics. "Whether by fate or if you believe things happen for a reason, they were running by the nature museum when they heard the screaming and took action."

The students’ heroic act made national and local headlines, including the Associated Press. More information is available in coverage by: