A rabid coyote bit a man at a Marion County farm Sunday afternoon, health officials said Wednesday.
The coyote walked up to the man at a Gervais-area farm, sniffed him, then bit his leg, the man told Marion County health officials. The man shot the coyote and health department staff tested its body at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. Test results received late Tuesday confirmed the coyote had rabies.
The man was treated for rabies and released.
Two people were bitten by rabid bats in the Northwest earlier this year, but it’s rare for coyotes to carry rabies, health officials said. Only three coyotes in Oregon have tested positive for the disease in the past 10 years.
Health officials advise people to avoid approaching or feeding wild animals.
More information about rabies can be found here.
— Samantha Matsumoto