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Father of 3 strangles coyote with bare hands as it tries to attack child

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EXETER, N.H. — A New Hampshire father strangled a coyote with his bare hands as it tried to attack his child on Monday.

The Exeter Police Department received a call approximately 11:00 am that the same coyote had attacked a family walking on the trail in Exeter.

Ian O’Reilly, his wife, and three children were on a hike when the coyote attacked one of the young children and O’Reilly went into protection mode, suffocating the coyote until it succumbed.

“There was no running away. It would not allow us to run away,” O’Reilly told CBS Boston. “It was very much the aggressor.”

“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,” he said.

New Hampshire Fish and Game has the coyote and is taking it to be tested for rabies.

O’Reilly’s incident wasn’t the first coyote-related call of the day in the area, police say.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., the Hampton Falls Police Department received a report of a coyote attacking a vehicle on Drinkwater Rd in Hampton Falls near the Kensington/Hampton Falls border.

Then, the Kensington Police Department received a call at approximately 9:00 am that a 62 year old woman on Hemlock Rd reported she and her dogs were attacked by a coyote.

The coyote was on her three season porch and her two dogs had opened the sliding door and were attacked by the coyote.

The two dogs retreated back into the house and the coyote attempted to get into the house. While the homeowner was fighting to keep the coyote out of the house she was bitten.

The home owner was treated at the Exeter Hospital and received the first series of rabies shots.

She will return later this week for the second set of shots. Her two dogs were also treated and received a rabies booster shot.

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