Northwest Austin teen says coyote attacked him near his home

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on October 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- A 14-year-old boy is getting rabies shots after he was attacked by a coyote near his home in Northwest Austin.

The attack happened last night at dusk. The boy says he was on a trail behind some homes when he saw the coyote. He says it got closer and eventually knocked him down.

The 14-year-old showed KVUE the scratches the coyote left behind. Now he and his mother want other people in the neighborhood to be aware these coyotes aren't afraid. Plus, his mother, Stephanie Douglas, says his doctor and the health department recommend her son get rabies shots.

Texas wildlife services was out Monday to look into the area where they boy was attacked. They say lots of sightings and animal attacks are reported, but that this is the first report of a person attacked by a coyote. They say some of the reportings turn out to be gray foxes.

Wildlife services says they've set up traps in some areas of Austin. They're still looking into what to do in this case.

Neighbors in the area also say they've encountered aggressive coyotes.

 

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