Monday, March 5, 2018

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Westchester coyote was rabid

Coyote spotted in Westchester

WHITE PLAINS – A coyote that attacked a Westchester County police officer, biting him, before it was shot and killed, has tested positive for rabies, the county Health Department reported on Saturday.

The animal attacked the officer and a few other people and killed a dog in Yonkers this past week.

The second coyote has not been located and is presumed rabid.

If you see the animal, call 911. Residents who encounter any coyote that does not flee from people or displays aggressive behavior should assume it is dangerous and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety, health officials said.

Everyone who reported their exposure to a coyote over the past several days has begun receiving preventive rabies treatment. If left untreated, rabies is fatal.


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