Officers Kill Coyote After Three People Attacked in Rockville

Three people went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being bitten by a coyote in Rockville, said the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD). 

All three attacks happened Thursday. At 5:11 p.m., RCPD announced that officers found and killed the coyote and that it will be tested for rabies at a local laboratory. 

At around 10 a.m. RCPD said a coyote attacked a woman and her small dog on Winder Court. The woman went to the hospital for treatment and the dog is in quarantine. At 3:46 p.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a pre-teen was bitten in a wooded trail area near Nelson Street and College Parkway. At 4:21 p.m. Piringer said an adult was bitten on Redland Boulevard near Reserve Champion Drive. Before the coyote was killed, the City of Rockville had asked residents to shelter-in-place. 

At 5:30 a.m. that morning, someone saw a coyote “acting aggressively” by Princeton Place—also in Rockville. Police said another sighting occurred at 11 a.m. when a resident on Aster Boulevard saw their dog barking at a coyote while both animals were in the backyard. The dog went to a veterinarian and was reported uninjured. RCPD said more information about the attacks is coming. 

Police offered the following tips on what to do if you see a coyote and feel endangered: make loud noises, throw things in the coyote’s direction, back away slowly, and never run away because “you cannot outrun a coyote.”

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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