Coyote sighting keeps Queensbury school students inside

September 26, 2017 06:06 PM

QUEENSBURY - The rabid coyote that attacked and severely injured a woman in Washington County last month was shot and killed.

Tuesday in Queensbury, a homeowner on Owen Avenue spots a coyote and calls Warren County SPCA president Jim Fitzgerald, who got a surprise when he arrived to find the animal was still there.

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"It comes up within ten feet of me, hits the brakes and I was just standing there, 'Here we go and boom it took back off and there were dogs barking and it kept going between these dogs and it wouldn't leave the area,'" said Fitzgerald Tuesday afternoon during a break in searching for the animal.

Fitzgerald says the coyote looked like a mangy Greyhound-German Shepherd mix. He says it took off toward the Queensbury school campus.

"A possible rabid coyote sighting is a cause for concern," said Doug Huntley, superintendent of schools. "We immediately brought students in from outdoors and we've curtailed any outdoor activity."

They did go forward with a girls soccer game, and had SPCA and other staff standing watch for the wily coyote.

Huntley says they were acting out of an abundance of caution, especially since the woman was attacked by a rabid coyote last month in Fort Edward.

The superintendent says they dealt with a bear near the campus three or four years ago, but the coyote is a first.

However, Fitzgerald says it's not the first in the area. He's aware of three or four packs of coyotes in and around Queensbury neighborhoods.

"They are becoming more accustomed it seems to coming closer to the public," Fitzgerald said.


Mark Mulholland

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