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Police warn after two dogs snatched by coyotes in Massachusetts, woman also bit in third incident



Officials are warning the public after two dogs were snatched by coyotes in Massachusetts this week.

Police in Hopkinton, MA are asking residents to please use caution while walking with their dogs and kids on the trails in town, particularly in the areas of the Whisper Way trail, Yellow Trail and Red Trail.

A woman was walking her dogs Thursday afternoon when one of them was unfortunately snatched by a coyote. An officer assisted with attempting to locate the dog with the owner to no avail.

A similar situation happened in Milford on Wednesday on Pine Island Road.

On Monday, a 54-year-old female had been walking her dog, when she was attacked by a rabid coyote in Fall River.

Hopkinton Police offered some tips while out walking:

1. Have your dogs on a leash so as to keep them with you at all times, especially the littles.
2. Carry a walking stick if you can
3. Make a lot of noise (whistling, stomping, singing, etc.) so as not to accidentally surprise wild animals as your walking
4. If you do see a coyote that doesn’t run when you encounter it, yell and wave your arms, they do not like loud noises. Also, do not run away as this may trigger them to chase you and/or your dog.

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