State: Coyote that was shot by police after attack was rabid

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a coyote that attacked two people in North Attleboro before being killed by police had rabies.

MassWildlife says the attacks occurred on Monday. The state Department of Public Health says tests completed Wednesday confirmed the animal was rabid.

Judy Place told the Sun Chronicle newspaper she called police when it appeared the coyote was trying to get into her home. Place says the animal bit her leg after she went outside to show police where it was hiding.

Police shot the coyote after it released Place but went after an officer at the scene.

MassWildlife says coyote attacks on people are extremely rare in Massachusetts. The attacks in North Attleboro were the first since 2015 and only nine attacks have been documented since the 1950s.

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