A man has strangled and killed a wild coyote after it attacked his child, bit a dog owner and charged towards a vehicle.
Ian O’Reilly was hiking at Jude’s Pond with his family in Kensington, New Hampshire. His young son was attacked by the wild animal, O’Reilly has said “It actually caught the hood of his jacket and was able to pull him down.”
“There was no running away, it would not allow us to run away,” O’Reilly said. “It was very much the aggressor.”
O’Reilly’s wife made sure to secure the children, which resulted in Ian being left face to face with the predator. The father took immediate action.
“I did kick him square in the jaw once that put him to the ground and I was able to jump on him after that,” O’Reilly said.
With his wife calling 911, O’Reilly began to strangle the animal in order to protect his family and the people around them.
“In the moment you don’t really pay attention to what’s going on, you just try and go with whatever goes through your brain, instincts I suppose,” O’Reilly mentioned. Officials are currently checking the wild coyote for rabies.
The collection of attacks began with the coyote witnessed to be attacking a vehicle, after refusing to move from the road. “The car was trying to get the coyote to move out of the road, and the coyote started attacking the car,” Kensington Police Chief Scott Cain told NBC Boston.
Shortly after, Kensington Police received a further call reporting that a coyote had managed to enter a woman’s home through the sliding glass door, went inside the porch to her house and it tried to attack her dogs.
“I was running behind the dogs to get them in, and just as I was here, literally, the coyote bit me – in the butt,” Pat Lee, 62, said.
Mrs Lee recieved a rabies booster jab after being treated for her wounds.
A further two hours had passed when the police received the final call, from O’Reilly’s wife, reporting the attack on her family. “The coyote attacked a young child, and the child’s dad went into protection mode and suffocated the coyote until it succumbed,” police said.
(Image: Kensington New Hampshire Police)