ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- An Escondido security guard has a warning about coyotes.
Daniel Schwab was on patrol at an apartment complex on Fig near East Lincoln Parkway around 2 a.m. Saturday when something grabbed him from behind.
"About to walk right and that's when I got snagged, right on the back of my foot," said Schwab, who didn't realize right away that it was a coyote.
"I was like oh crap. I turned around and coyote was freaking taking off after it got me on the foot," said Schwab.
Fortunately, his work boots prevented the coyote from breaking his skin.
"It was a quick bite, and for me, I think it was a bite out of fear. I scared it, like I was saying, if it was a kid it would have been a lot worse ," said Schwab.
Schwab has been a security guard in the area for six years. He fears the coyotes are getting more comfortable in urban neighborhoods. He says the parking lot he was patrolling is surrounded by a six foot fence.
"You have a lot of feral cats in the area. They're hunting, especially out in the hills out there. A lot of the water is diminishing, the creeks and they're coming down here," said Schwab. "I've had problems down here with coyotes before, but this has never happened, they're getting more brazen every year."
Schwab plans to contact California's Department of Fish and Wildlife to see if someone will set up traps.