by Rachael Whitcomb

Hudson Hub-Times Associate Editor

Hudson -- A 23-year-old East Partridge Meadows woman took herself to the hospital May 16 after being bitten by a coyote she was trying to help.

She could not be reached by press time, but police said she received antibiotics and preventative rabies treatments.

Hudson police said the incident was the first reported coyote sighting in Hudson.

According to a police report, the woman hit the coyote with her car at 9:38 a.m. while heading eastbound on West Streetsboro Street, just east of Heather Lane.

The woman got out of her car after hitting the coyote to try and help it to the side of the road to avoid being hit again, police said. The coyote then bit her on the wrist, causing puncture wounds. Police said the coyote then bit the woman on her thigh, reaching through her jeans and causing bleeding.

The woman called police to report the incident but declined emergency medical services treatment or transportation.

Hudson police responded by calling the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR officials then had to kill the coyote and send a tissue sample to be tested for rabies. The results of a rabies test, which only can be conducted by analyzing the brain tissue of a deceased animal, will be ready in two to three weeks, according to the ODNR.

Coyotes are not native to Ohio, and were first recorded in the state about 100 years ago, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife Web site. The nocturnal animal favors open plain areas, but has adjusted to living in wooded areas and can now be found in all of Ohio's 88 counties, the Web site stated.

The Division of Wildlife has no programs to control coyote population, but, according to the Web site, studies are under way as to how expansive the coyote population in Ohio is today.

Hudson police said the incident serves as a reminder that people should never approach wild animals, especially those that are eating or injured. A police department spokesperson said residents also should keep an eye on family pets and small children now that a coyote has been spotted in the city.

Coyote sightings should be reported not to Hudson police, but to the Summit County Animal Control Department at 330-643-2845.

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