A coyote was shot after attacking a woman walking her dog in Fall River on Monday, Fall River police said.
The woman suffered multiple bites and was taken to hospital. No update was given on his current status.
While walking her small-breed dog near the wooded area of the South Winds Apartments around 5:45 a.m., the woman observed a coyote approaching, Sergeant Moses Pereira said.
“She picked up her dog and started making noise and yelling and screaming in an attempt to scare the coyote away,” Pereira said. “Unfortunately, the animal did not flee.”
The coyote bit his legs and left arm. The woman continued to fight the coyote and it eventually ran away. His screams alerted nearby residents, who called the police.
Shortly after police responded to the attack, they received a call at Fall River Country Club, less than a mile away, saying the coyote had tried to attack a gardener, Pereira said. .
Police say the groundskeeper managed to fend off the coyote and suffered no injuries. When officers responded to the coyote, “they could see the coyote watching them as they continued to do their job,” Pereira said.
“After attacking one individual and attempting to attack a second, officers were forced to make the difficult decision to put the animal down in order to prevent further attack.”
The body of the coyote was sent to the Animal Health Division to check whether or not it was positive for rabies at the time of the attack.
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