09-28-2006, 06:56 AM
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Article: Rabid coyote shot, killed in Pa.
A rabid Eastern coyote was shot and killed by a Sinking Spring area man after it attacked his two dogs and tried to get into his house, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The coyote was killed last Thursday, and the results of the rabies test were released Wednesday. It was the first confirmed case of a rabid coyote in the state.
The commission warned people to be on the lookout for any animals showing unusual behavior.
The name of the man who shot the coyote and the address where the attack occurred were unavailable.
Commission officials could not be reached for further information Wednesday night.
However, they said in a press release that the man was not injured and his dogs were not seriously hurt.
One of the dogs was bitten, but the animals already were vaccinated for rabies and were taken for booster shots, according to the release.
“This is the first confirmed case of rabies in this species in Pennsylvania,” Dr. Walter Cottrell, a state wildlife veterinarian, was quoted as saying in the release. “We always knew that coyotes were susceptible to rabies, but such a case had never been confirmed here.
“The game commission is awaiting the results of tests to determine which strain of the rabies virus was affecting the coyote.”
Police in the Sinking Spring area said they had no report of the attack.
Coyotes are found across the state, including urban areas, according to the commission.
2006 Press Releases
RABIES CONFIRMED IN COYOTE KILLED IN BERKS COUNTY
HARRISBURG - Dr. Walter Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian today announced the state Department of Agriculture's laboratory has confirmed that an eastern coyote killed in Sinking Spring, Berks County, was rabid. The sample was submitted by a private citizen, who killed the animal on Sept. 21, after it displayed aggressive behavior.
According to the individual, his dogs were attacked by the coyote, and it attempted to come through a door after attacking the dogs. One dog was bitten; both were previously vaccinated, and subsequently received booster shots.
"This is the first confirmed case of rabies in this species in Pennsylvania," said Dr. Cottrell. "We always knew that coyotes were susceptible to rabies, but such a case had never been confirmed before. The Game Commission is awaiting the results of tests to determine which strain of the rabies virus was affecting the coyote.
"With many Pennsylvanians, including hunters, trappers and hikers, preparing to enjoy outdoor activities in Penn's Woods, we wanted to remind them to be cautious if they encounter wildlife acting in an unusual manner."
Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.
The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.
Yet another reason to carry while afield.
Rocky that's close to where we went skinny hunting.
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