SPOKANE, Wash. Darrick Preble was sitting outside Friday afternoon when he saw the coyote coming towards his house.
The coyote was making eye contact with his cat. That's when Darrick jumped into action to scare it off.
"I saw him coming from about a block away just kind of cruising down the street like a lost dog on a mission," Preble said.
But it wasn't a lost dog on a mission. Preble, who owns a painting business, was getting ready to head to a job and said it was, in fact, a coyote on a mission to find it's next meal.
He caught the encounter on his cell phone.
"I was hanging out with my cat right here in the front yard. The cat's about ten feet away from me and it came sneaking up behind the tree about to pounce on the cat with me sitting there," added Preble.
That's when Preble went to scare it off, chasing the coyote down the road. This isn't the first time Preble has seen this coyote. His wife says she has seen the coyote before.
Preble said it's been roaming the streets all over Spokane's South Hill, matching up with other reports from neighbors who live in the area.
"There have been reports of him everywhere from Southeast Boulevard over to Havana, and somebody was talking about and showed a picture of him down on 13th, and Freya and others were talking about seeing him up on 42nd and Freya all over the last two weeks," Preble said.
Preble said he wants to warn others who might let their pets out during the day or night.
"Keep an eye out on just your small animals. I've been walking out kind of shining a flashlight around making sure I don't see a coyote lurking around when I have to let my cat out," Preble added.