Coyotes are super adaptable animals. This ability to adapt has brought them into close proximity with humans and this inevitably leads to conflict and people and pets being attacked.
Fox 5 out of Washington DC reported that a coyote was killed by police after it attacked three people in Rockville City, Maryland.
First, an aggressive coyote was spotted by a man walking his dog. The dog scared the coyote away without incident.
Later that morning the first attack came when a 59-year-old woman was walking her small dog around 10 a.m. when she was attacked. She was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The dog was also quarantined as a precaution.
Around 11 a.m. when a homeowner saw their dog barking at a coyote from the backyard. and presumably attacked since the homeowner took his dog to the vet after the incident, but it is unclear the dog was injured.
Later in the day a child was bitten in a wooded lot and another resident also reported being injured.
Police confirmed that they were able to find the coyote responsible and put him down. There is no word on if the coyote had rabies.
Population control is just one of the reasons that we hunt coyotes. Keeping their numbers in check encourages a health ecosystem that both humans and animals can share.
I write extensively about why we hunt predators in my book, Why We Hunt: The Five Motivations of the Modern Hunter. I explain that why we do not usually hunt these animals for food; hunting them is extremely important.
If you are interested to learn more you can check out my book which is available on Amazon.