Bicyclists using a stretch of the Natchez Trace in the Madison area have more to look out for than just vehicular traffic, and this hazard really bites.
Yesterday morning, a 64-year-old bicyclist was attacked and bitten by a pack of dogs near mile marker 113.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cyclist was traveling southbound when he stated that a pack of 8-10 dogs came at him from both sides of the road shoulder and attacked him. The bicyclist was bitten several times but was able to escape.
There have been no other reports of similar attacks in the area.
Still, the Natchez Trace Parkway is recommending that bicyclists, along with hikers and horseback riders on the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, should use other sections of the Parkway or National Scenic Trail until further notice.
Madison County Animal Control and the Natchez Trace Parkway are working together to identify the owner(s) of the dogs and to ensure the safety of the citizens and Parkway visitors. Anyone with information should contact Madison County Emergency Management Office at (601) 859-4188 or the Natchez Trace Parkway at 1-800-300-PARK (7275).