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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Coyote Tests Positive for Rabies After Series of Attacks in Rockville

Rockville, Maryland, Oct 2 – After three attacks yesterday, the Rockville City Police Department, with the assistance of Montgomery County’s Managed Search Operations Team, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, put down a coyote.

On Oct. 1, at approximately 10 a.m. a Rockville City Neighborhood Services Officer and police officers responded to Winder Court to assist a 59-year old woman and her dog, who were attacked by a coyote. The woman was transported to a local hospital with bites and lacerations to her arms. She was treated and released. The dog, who was bitten on his leg, remains under quarantine as a precaution.

Calls to the Rockville City Police Communications Center continued throughout the early afternoon with sightings of the coyote around the Woodley Gardens and Fallsgrove communities.

At 3:34 p.m., Rockville officers responded to a call for a 12-year-old boy who had been bitten by a coyote along the Upper Watts Branch Trail at Nelson Street and College Parkway. The boy had serious bites and laceration to both legs. He was transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he underwent treatment for his injuries and was released.

At 4:13 p.m., Rockville officers responded to the area of Redland Road at Gaither Road to assist a 39-year-old woman who had been bitten on her arm and hand by a coyote. She was also transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

At 4:45 p.m., a Rockville officer encountered the coyote near an underground storm drain along West Gude Drive. The coyote charged at the officer, who was forced to fire his firearm, striking and injuring the animal. The coyote ran into a heavily wooded area near Aster Boulevard and Carnation Drive. 

Two officers with the Montgomery County Police Managed Search Operations Team used a thermal imaging camera to locate the coyote and put it down. 

“Due to the aggressiveness of this animal, and the fact that three individuals were severely attacked, one being a child, we made the decision to put the coyote down out of an abundance of caution,” said Rockville City Police Chief Victor Brito. “Our utmost concern will always be the safety of the community and its residents.”

The coyote was taken to the Maryland Department of Health where it tested positive for rabies.

Montgomery County public health officials would like to talk to anyone who may have had contact with the coyote to discuss the type of contact and any future actions or treatments that may be needed.  When left untreated, rabies is fatal in humans.

Please call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Disease Control Program at 240-777-1755 if you think you may have had contact.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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