Wildlife officials say coyote’s attack strange

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah officials are waiting for the results of a rabies test on a coyote that attacked a guard at a Kennecott Utah Copper site in Salt Lake County.

Kennecott spokesman Kyle Bennett says a woman was sitting in a booth Monday night when the coyote entered the door and lunged at her.

Bennett says the coyote bit the woman before she was able to get it out of the security station. A Unified police officer responded and fatally shot the animal.

John Shivik of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources tells The Salt Lake Tribune the incident was “rare, strange, and uncommon.” He says the results of a necropsy may give more insight into the attack.

The guard who was bitten was treated and released from the hospital.


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