Man mistakes coyote for neighbor’s dog is bitten

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In Ashburham, Massachusetts, a man thought the animal he went over to pet was his neighbor’s husky. Instead the animal was a coyote who bit the man several times -sending the man to the hospital.

According to the Facebook page of the Asburham Police Department, the victim had been in his backyard when he saw the coyote approach. After the attack, the coyote ran into the woods. The man has since been treated for rabies as a precaution. Police are warning people not to leave food out and to avoid the shy animals who seldom come into populated areas except when searching for food.


Ashburnham Police Department

about a week ago

“Last evening Sunday 10/22/17 a resident on Dunn Rd was bitten by a coyote. The animal was mistaken for a small-medium sized dog and allowed the person to approach before biting. Be aware that these animals live in and travel the wooded areas around town. Please watch your pets closely and pass the word to neighbors and school bus students. Coyotes vary in size, color and will wander into residential areas looking for food. Unknown dogs, foxes and coyotes should not be approached or fed for any reason. Environmental Police are investigating the incident.”

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3 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Usually it’s a dog being mistaken for a coyote and being killed. Poor man probably thought he was helping a dog.

  2. susispot says:

    The fact that the coyote did not flee is cause for concern. It’s good he did the rabies treatment. A real chance this animal was rabid.


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