NH father strangles coyote to death after it attacks woman, child, dogs

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A coyote attacked a pair dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk on Monday, police said.

The Kensington Police Department believes the same coyote was responsible for attacking a vehicle on a roadway in Hampton Falls, biting a 62-year-old woman and her dogs on a porch in Kensington, and attacking the O’Reilly family on a walking trail in Exeter.

All three attacks were relatively close together and happened in little more than an hour, Kensington Police Chief Scott Cain said Monday.

Law enforcement officials were searching for the coyote when they got word that it had been killed. “The coyote came out of the woods and grabbed a child by the jacket. The dad went into protection mode and strangled the coyote,” Cain said.

O’Reilly was bitten on the chest and arm.

“It got me a couple times, which kinda stinks,” he said.

His son was not injured.

New Hampshire Fish and Game collected the coyote and will test it for rabies. The victims were being treated for rabies as a precaution.

“Fish and game did advise most coyotes travel in a pack. This one was not so it was probably already kicked out of the pack because it was sick,” Cain said.

O’Reilly said he is glad he had the opportunity to make sure no one else would be hurt by that animal.

“It is unfortunate a very sick coyote attacked three people today.” He said. “I am glad it is over with, for everyone else’s sake.”

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