VIDEO: Golfers encounter injured coyote on Scottsdale golf course

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 07:22:52-04

 A Scottsdale tee time was broken up by a coyote on the course over the weekend.

Ryan Taplin says he was with three of his golfing buddies when they encountered the wild animal.

"His leg was hurt, it was limping it looked tired, so it came right up to us and we filled up a cup of water," explained Taplin.

The guys were stunned the hazard showed up between the ninth and 10th hole.

Dan Reeves said the coyote looked thirsty and showed no fear.
"Even though it is a wild animal, being so close you could really look close at it and say this thing is not going to attack, it's not looking for anything but a little bit of help," said Reeves.

The coyote followed the foursome for about 10 minutes at Talking Stick in Scottsdale before it took off.

Taplin says he knows experts always discourage people from helping wildlife.

"I will hold my ground and say I probably would have not done anything differently, and feeding a wild animal is probably not something people should do," said Taplin.

Experts say actively feeding or offering water to coyotes is a bad idea. It can lead to a loss of fear of humans.

In the meantime, Taplin's video is going viral.

As it happens, his business,, makes videos.

But this one is already getting national attention and exploding on social media.

It has thousands of views (and counting) since being posted.