April 26, 2021 | 10:01 AM
Deanna Lydon was walking her 60-pound, 8-year-old pitbull about 9:30 p.m. Friday near an empty parking lot close to Alewife Station in Cambridge when, she said, a coyote snuck up behind her. “I had no clue it was there until my dog started to snarl,” Lydon recalled Saturday morning.
She started to “make noise and act big” to try and scare it off — a tactic MassWildlife endorses — but the coyote, which was about the same size as her dog, she said, “kept coming at us.” Lydon’s next instinct was to run.
“I fell down and it seemed to scare it away,” Lydon said, thinking she was in the clear. But as they approached the station, she turned around and there it was. “It locked us in and started sprinting at us, so I ran as fast as I could into the Alewife T station,” Lydon said. “I had to pry the gates up.”