No hiking, NJ park closed: Two coyote attacks in one day
MAHWAH — The Ramapo Valley County Reservation is closed for the rest of this week due to a recent coyote incident, according to Bergen County officials.
The county announced the continued closure Monday, per the recommendation of the state Division of Fish & Wildlife conservation police.
A spokesman for the Division of Fish and Wildlife said traps have been set in the reservation and any coyotes that are trapped will be tested for rabies. The spokesman also said that in New Jersey, "coyote attacks on people are rare."
As reported by the Daily Voice, separate coyote attacks left a woman and a dog hurt Saturday at the reservation.
The same report says the woman drove herself to a local hospital after being attacked around 2 p.m., while a dog was taken by its owner to a veterinarian after being attacked by a coyote on the same day.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it responded along with local police to Saturday's incident involving the woman.
Back in August, Mahwah police advised locals to be on alert for coyotes, amid a different attack between a resident and one of the animals. On Twitter, police shared tips for encountering a coyote, starting with "Do not turn your back & run; Make yourself as big and loud as possible."
As reported by CBS New York, that woman was bit multiple times by a coyote before fighting it off using a baseball bat grabbed from a neighbor's garage.
And earlier in the summer, police shot and killed a coyote that attacked a mom and her 4-year-old son at an Essex County park in June.
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