Gov. Perry blasts 'wily' coyote

      Texas Governor Rick Perry

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.

      Perry says he needed just one shot from his laser-sighted pistol to take down a coyote that was menacing his dog during an early morning jog in an undeveloped area near Austin.

      Perry told The Associated Press he sometimes carries his pistol, loaded with hollow-pointed bullets, when he jogs on trails because he's scared of snakes - and that he'd seen coyotes in that area.

      When the coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol.

      "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," Perry said.

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