Rhode Island hiker gets bitten by coyote before killing it with his bare hands, tests reveal animal had rabies

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A coyote that a hiker killed pinch his bare hands has tested affirmative for rabies, nan Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and nan Rhode Island Department of Health announced.

The hiker was attacked connected Friday and bitten connected nan limb while stepping successful nan woods successful Johnston, according to police. The hiker pinned nan coyote down by its neck, sidesplitting it by cutting disconnected its aerial supply, constabulary said.

The aforesaid coyote is believed to person attacked a canine walker nan time earlier successful adjacent Scituate, officials said.

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It’s different for a coyote to onslaught a quality nether normal circumstances. Tests astatine RIDOH’s Rhode Island State Health Laboratories confirmed nan rabies infection. It was only nan 3rd study of a rabid coyote successful Rhode Island since 1994, officials said.

In January 2020, a man fatally strangled a coyote pinch his bare hands aft nan animal attacked him and his family arsenic they hiked successful New Hampshire, according to CBS News. That coyote was tested for rabies but it is unclear whether nan results were positive.