KINGSBURY — The coyote that attacked a woman along the Feeder Canal on Wednesday was killed Thursday by an environmental conservation officer and sent to a laboratory for testing.
The officer located the coyote in the area of the Feeder Canal Trail in Kingsbury.
State Fish and Wildlife officials secured the animal for further testing.
Even after the coyote was killed, officials decided to keep the bike path closed for at least another 24 hours, upon the recommendation of wildlife officials and the state pathologist, according to a news release the Washington County Sheriff’s Office issued Thursday afternoon.
Officials said they will advise the public as soon as the trail is reopened.
A woman was walking on the trail in the Five Combines park on Wednesday when she was attacked by the animal. She escaped by jumping into the Feeder Canal.
She suffered bites to an arm and leg, and cuts to her face. She was transported to Albany Medical Center, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Sheriff’s Office, Fort Edward and Hudson Falls police and DEC attempted to track down the animal, which is believed to be rabid, but had no luck Wednesday.
The search resumed Thursday and the environmental conservation officer found and killed the animal, which is believed to be rabid. It was sent to a laboratory in Delmar for testing.
DEC spokesman Lori Severino said the environmental conservation officers tracked the coyote from reported sightings.
“When the coyote emerged from the woods, an officer was able to react quickly and dispatch the coyote (using a firearm),” she said in an email.
Severino said the lab test results should be available in the coming days but she did not have a specific timetable.
The DEC is reminding people that if they see a coyote or wild dog acting strangely in the area, they are to keep their distance and immediately report sightings to local animal control officers or law enforcement agencies.
Among its recommendations are not to feed pets outside, make garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals and eliminate availability of bird seed, according to a fact sheet. People should also not allow small animals to run free.
If people see coyotes, they should take an aggressive posture by standing tall and holding arms out to appear larger. People also can make loud noises, wave their arms and throw sticks and stones.
Only a handful of coyote attacks occur yearly, according to a news release.