Coyote Involved in Rash of NY Attacks Had Rabies

6 people were attacked, animals were attacked and killed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 12:21 AM CST
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(Newser) – Over a 24-hour period last week, a coyote or coyotes attacked multiple people, killed a dog, and may have mauled three sheep—one fatally—in Yonkers and surrounding areas of New York. Now authorities say a coyote believed to have been involved was rabid. The coyote was captured and killed on a Yonkers golf course and tested positive for the disease, lohud.com reports.

A second coyote had been seen with the first and is still on the loose; authorities presume it is rabid, too. Anyone who sees the animal is instructed to call 911. NBC News says a total of six people were attacked last week. Everyone who was attacked is receiving preventative rabies treatment, Hudson Valley News Network reports.

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