Officers Kill Coyote After Three People Attacked in Rockville

Three people went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being bitten by a coyote in Rockville, said the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD). 

All three attacks happened Thursday. At 5:11 p.m., RCPD announced that officers found and killed the coyote and that it will be tested for rabies at a local laboratory. 

At around 10 a.m. RCPD said a coyote attacked a woman and her small dog on Winder Court. The woman went to the hospital for treatment and the dog is in quarantine. At 3:46 p.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a pre-teen was bitten in a wooded trail area near Nelson Street and College Parkway. At 4:21 p.m. Piringer said an adult was bitten on Redland Boulevard near Reserve Champion Drive. Before the coyote was killed, the City of Rockville had asked residents to shelter-in-place. 

At 5:30 a.m. that morning, someone saw a coyote “acting aggressively” by Princeton Place—also in Rockville. Police said another sighting occurred at 11 a.m. when a resident on Aster Boulevard saw their dog barking at a coyote while both animals were in the backyard. The dog went to a veterinarian and was reported uninjured. RCPD said more information about the attacks is coming. 

Police offered the following tips on what to do if you see a coyote and feel endangered: make loud noises, throw things in the coyote’s direction, back away slowly, and never run away because “you cannot outrun a coyote.”

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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