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Woman walking dog in Saugus escapes wild coyotes by climbing a tree

Animal control officers captured a coyote in Mattapan in October 2012.
David L. Ryan/Globe staff/file
Animal control officers captured a coyote in Mattapan in October 2012.

A Melrose woman who was walking her dog in Saugus Saturday morning was forced to clamber up a tree to escape a pack of wild coyotes, officials said.

The woman was strolling through Breakheart Reservation with her pet labrador at 7:11 a.m. when the coyotes approached her, Saugus Deputy Fire Chief Thomas D’Eon said. She wasn’t too far from the parking lot, he said.

“She called and said she was up in a tree and there were coyotes surrounding her and her dog,” D’Eon said.

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Her dog stayed at the base of the tree, D’Eon said.

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When the Fire Department arrived with a ladder truck, however, the coyotes were gone and the woman had gotten herself out of the tree. No injuries were reported.

“There are coyotes and deer in there,” D’Eon said. “It’s teeming with wildlife . . . but this is the first time in my memory we’ve gotten a call to rescue someone from wild animals.”

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.