Aggressive Coyotes Worry Connecticut Horse Owners

A yearling Quarter Horse sustained severe injuries Wednesday (Oct. 18) after being attacked by what is believed to be an aggressive pack of coyotes, reports NBC30, a Connecticut news station.

The horse has dozens of bites, some of which are eight inches long and three inches deep, according to the report. Christine Bomster, the horse's owner, says that it took her veterinarian more than four hours to stitch the wounds.

"If they came this close to my barn and attacked my baby horse, what will they do if my kids come out to check on them?" Bomster says.

The Register Citizen, a Torrington, Conn., newspaper reports that a Washington, Conn., man killed a rabid coyote on Wednesday after it approached and snarled at him. The dead animal is believed to be responsible for attacks on two men in the same area on Tuesday.

"It's not uncommon for coyotes to be bold and unafraid around people," Dale May, wildlife director with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, told The Register Citizen. "But bold and afraid versus being actively aggressive--aggression is uncommon. (The attacks) sound like a classic rabies case, and the rabies diagnosis explains the abnormal behavior exhibited by this coyote."

Bomster told The Day, another Connecticut newspaper, that her horse is fully vaccinated.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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