Police kill aggressive coyote after attacks in Westchester County

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Police on the hunt for aggressive coyotes in Westchester County shot and killed one just after it bit a cop Thursday night near Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers.

But county police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said residents should remain alert because another coyote could still be on the prowl and the dead coyote may not be the one that attacked two people Wednesday evening, a postal worker Thursday morning, and two cyclists Thursday afternoon.

Police urged residents to stay out of all wooded areas, keep children and pets inside, and call 911 if they see the coyote.

"Please secure small children and animals. Do not approach the animal or attempt to capture the same," Yonkers Police tweeted. "These coyotes are aggressive and responsible for multiple attacks in the area. Pass this information along to neighbors."

Police believe the animals could be rabid because of the aggressive behavior. The dead coyote will be tested for rabies.

"Stay alert and closely supervise children and pets when outside," Dr. Sherlita Amler, the county health commissioner, said in a statement. "If you observe this coyote, do not approach it and make sure to contact local police immediately."

The Wednesday evening attacks occurred on Kent Avenue and then Overlook Road in Hastings-on-Hudson. Both victims were taken to hospitals for treatment. In the Overlook Road attack, the coyote killed a small dog.

While police searched the area, another dog owner told officers that earlier in the day a coyote chased him and his dog in Hillside Woods.

Then Thursday morning, a coyote bit a postal worker in the leg on Westminster Drive in Yonkers. At about 2 p.m., a coyote lunged at a woman riding a bicycle along the South County Trailway near Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. The coyote bit the rear tire but the woman got away unharmed, O'Leary said. An hour later, the coyote bit a man riding a bike along the same trail.

State environmental conservation police officers assisted local and county police in the search.

Wednesday afternoon, before the attacks in Hastings-on-Hudson, a motorist hit a coyote on Broadway near Burnside Drive in the village. That wounded coyote was euthanized. The Westchester County Health Department is set to test the coyote for rabies.

If anyone spots the coyote, call Hastings Police at 914-478-2344 or Yonkers Police at 914-377-7900 or just call 911.