Sara Haas was watching a movie on television with her husband April 27 when her children came running into the room and said, “The big bad wolf is back!”

Even though it was still daylight at about 3:30 p.m., what Haas believed was a wolf-coyote hybrid came into her yard on Shibles Lane. The family’s chickens and ducks were “going insane,” according to Haas. She said she was surprised the racket they were making did not draw her attention sooner.

Her husband, Nathan, picked up his .22 and went out after the animal. She said he shot it three times, but it escaped and they could not find a blood trail.

“Thank God he was here,” she said of her husband.

In October, Haas reported that she confronted a coyote in her backyard to protect her children and chickens. At that time, the coyote or coyotes had killed seven of her chickens. This time, she said, none of her animals were harmed.

After the first attacks, she and her husband set up a Trail Cam near her home with a motion sensor that takes pictures of animals that come near it. With it, they have recorded several visits by a coyote. She said the animal resembles the wolf-coyote hybrids she has seen in pictures in her research.

The Haas family has a farmhouse next to a field and a wooded area. The couple has two children. Son Nathan Jr. is about 1 year old and daughter Kenzie is about 3 years old.

In September, Haas spotted the coyote in her yard holding one of her chickens in its mouth. The coyote was large and tan in color and two other coyotes were coming through the garden toward the chicken coop.

Not having time to get her daughter back to the house, Haas told her child to go into the playhouse in the yard and to stay there.

Haas said she kicked at the coyote and used a rake for a weapon.

“My adrenaline was going,” she said.

She managed to get her chicken back, grabbing it and pulling it from the coyote’s mouth, and the bird survived the ordeal.

Haas said it was a coincidence that she had told her daughter the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf a few days before. Ever since the incident, her daughter has called the coyote the big bad wolf, Haas said.

The chickens were allowed to run free at one time, but after the attack, Nathan Haas constructed a wire coop to protect the birds.

The Haas family has lived in Thomaston since March 2008.

Lake Warden and Registered Maine Guide Ken Bailey said in previous comments it is unusual for a coyote to attack at midday. He said coyotes tend to hunt around dusk or sunrise. He said they would normally “hightail it” if they saw someone coming at them with a rake.

Bailey noted, however, that there are plenty of coyotes in Midcoast Maine.

Often if a coyote is out in the open in the middle of the day, it has a problem, Bailey said. It could be a sign of rabies, distemper or a physical problem of some kind.

Bailey said coyotes range in color from a charcoal gray to a fox color.

Hunters can obtain licenses to hunt coyotes in daylight year-round. There is also a night hunting season for them from Dec. 16 to June 1, Bailey said.

He said the area also has a solid population of foxes and highly aggressive fishers.

Anyone having problems with wild animals such as coyotes should contact Maine game wardens through Maine State Police dispatch at 624-7076.