WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A New Hampshire father is being hailed a hero after he strangled a coyote with his bare hands after the wild animal attacked his young son, police said.
- Ian O’Reilly was walking with his wife and three kids on Monday around 11 a.m. when the coyote jumped out of the woods on a trail near Judes Pond in Kensington and grabbed the 2-year-old boy by the jacket.
- The Kensington Police believe it’s the same animal that had been previously spotted chasing after a car, and also attacking a woman and her two dogs at her home earlier that morning.
A coyote in New Hampshire tried to attack people across Kensington on Monday but its rampage ended when it ran into Ian O’Reilly, his wife, and his three children out on a hike near a pond.
The coyote jumped out of the woods on a trail near Judes Pond and grabbed the hood of O’Reilly’s young son’s jacket and pulled him down, and the dad squared up to fight.
“There was no running away. It would not allow us to run away,” O’Reilly told CBS. “It was very much the aggressor.”
He ended up being bitten by the wild animal but was ultimately victorious in a life-or-death struggle as he strangled the possibly rabid coyote.
“I did kick him square in the jaw once. That put him to the ground, and I was able to jump on him after that,” the dad said.
Though they can’t be positive that the incidents involved the same animal, authorities said that they believe the coyote had been previously spotted chasing after a car, and also biting a woman and her two dogs at her home earlier that morning.
They’re going to test its body for rabies on Tuesday, but O’Reilly and the other woman bitten have already started their shots, just to be safe.
Meanwhile, O’Reilly is left to reflect on his shockingly dangerous encounter with nature.
“In the moment, you don’t really pay attention to what’s going on,” he said. “You just try and go with whatever goes through your brain.”