Ramapo Valley County Reservation Coyote Attack

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

UPDATE 11/24/2019 - Rutgers police officers killed a coyote early Thursday that was believed to be the same animal that attacked two people at the Livingston Campus over the last week, authorities said.

The coyote was not rabid, authorities said Friday.

A local paper reports that a woman and a dog, separately, were attacked by a coyote in Ramapo Valley County Reservation on Saturday, October 5. It is not clear if it was the same coyote. Mahwah police responded, clearing the park and patrolling the area. The Bergen County Sheriff's Office also responded.

The article indicated Ramapo Valley County Reservation was closed for the remainder of the day. It is unclear if the park remains closed (no closures are noted on either the Trail Conference or Bergen County Parks websites).

Use precaution when hiking in the area, including Ramapo Mt State Forest and Ringwood State Forest.

When encountering a coyote, Mahwah township police have advised people not to turn their backs to the animal. Instead, make noise and throw small sticks to scare the coyote away.

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