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No rabies found in second coyote killed in Norwood


No rabies found in second coyote killed in Norwood

APRIL 28, 2015, 4:19 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015, 8:14 PM

NORWOOD — The coyote that was shot by a borough police officer Thursday and was found dead in a trap Sunday has tested negative for rabies, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday.

The coyote was the second to be killed in a scare that gripped Norwood last week after a man was bitten by a coyote while he was walking his dog on April 19.

The day after that incident, a coyote attacked the tires of a police car and was shot dead. That coyote tested positive for rabies, making it only the seventh recorded case of a rabid coyote in New Jersey but the second in Bergen County in less than a month.

While there have been reports of a third coyote in the Norwood area, the state DEP spokesman, Larry Hajna, said that “at this point we don’t have any reports of aggressive coyotes,” adding that the department would continue to respond to reports of aggressive coyotes as necessary.

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