An environmental conservation officer in upstate New York shot a rabid coyote after it attacked a woman, and it tested positive for rabies.
Authorities have shot a coyote that attacked a woman in rural New York north of Albany, and the animal later test positive for rabies. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says they killed the animal Thursday, just a day after the woman was attacked on a trail near the town of Kingsbury.
The woman was bitten on the arm and leg, and she leaped into the canal to escape that beast, heading to a nearby house to seek help. She is currently receiving care at a hospital in Albany. On Friday, the coyote tested positive for rabies.
Police are asking anyone who has come in contact with the coyote to contact the sheriff’s office. Animals with rabies are characterized by extreme aggression. The disease causes inflammation of the brain and can be deadly for humans.
“We’ve received a photo of this animal in a second incident that occurred prior to today’s incident and in the same general area of the bike path in Kingsbury | Ft Edward,” according to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office. “A person walking his dog was approached by the animal which ended up with the animal lunging at the him. At this point we can’t confirm if it’s the same animal however please report any suspicious sightings by calling 911.”