Police kill coyote believed to be responsible for WC attacks

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HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON -

Yonkers police and fire officials reportedly shot and killed a coyote believed to be responsible for multiple attacks in Westchester County in recent days, but they may still have work to do.

Police and fire crews said a coyote had been trapped within some brush in a wooded area near Dunwoodie Golf Course.  A police spokesman says that when it was located, the coyote bit a police officer, prompting another officer to shoot the coyote.

Police add that there could be a second coyote responsible that has not been located in the Yonkers area.

At least four attacks occurred over a short period of time.

A female postal worker was attacked while delivering mail on Shelburne Road in Yonkers. Patricia Dundas saw the postal worker attack happen from inside her home as the worker was grabbed on the leg by the coyote during the middle of the day.

That attack came after several coyote attacks in Hastings-on-Hudson and an incident caught on video that shows a man jumping inside a car as a coyote passes right behind him.

Authorities say one of the attacks happened in Hillside Woods and the other on nearby Kent Avenue. In both instances, people were walking their dogs when a coyote suddenly attacked. In both cases, the people were bitten by the coyote and had to be taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. One small dog was killed.

Hastings police tell News 12 a coyote was also struck and killed by a car last night. However, they say the coyotes usually travel in packs, and there is no way to know if the one that was killed is the same one involved in the attacks.

Police urged pet owners to keep their animals inside if possible and out of all wooded areas, in particular Hillside Woods.  People should monitor their activities outside and call Hastings police at 914-478-2344 if they see a coyote. 

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