VIDEO: Coyote spotted growling at and attacking car in Huntersville

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 9:05 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 at 12:06 PM EST
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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A coyote was caught on camera growling at two people in Huntersville and attacking the car they were in Saturday night.

John Schroter spotted the animal around 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of Ranson and Dallas Streets. Schroter posted the video and photos on Facebook after calling 911.

"Saw a [most likely] rabid coyote in my neighborhood tonight," Schroter wrote. "I was trying to scare it off from attacking the neighbors dogs and let it return to nature. But then it turned, bared its bloody teeth and attacked my car. So I called 911."

In the video, the coyote can be seen near a fence with at least one dog on the other side. The coyote then runs off camera and the woman recording tries to find it. When she finally does, it's a scary sight.

The coyote was standing in the headlights of the car growling. It then dashed toward the front of the vehicle and out of view. Schroter can be heard saying it was attacking the car.

"If we had been walking a dog or just out we would have been definitely attacked by it," Schroter told WBTV Monday night.

Because the coyote was showing signs of possible rabies, CMPD Animal Care & Control (AC&C) responded. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the animal lying in a grassy area just off the road. They said the coyote was injured when they located it.

One officer was able to catch the coyote with a pole while it was tranquilized. It was then taken to the shelter where it was euthanized.

The coyote was sent to Raleigh to be tested for rabies, but officials say it may have been acting differently because it was "injured and scared." AC&C said despite the animal's injury, they always err on the side of caution in case any reports came in of the coyote coming into contact with a person or another animal in the area.

On Tuesday, CMPD's Animal Care & Control announced that the coyote tested positive for rabies.

Sampson Parker, an officer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said the coyote seen in the video was definitely acting abnormal. He thinks it could have been injured and said that could be an explanation as to why the animal was acting aggressive.

"Something needed to be done with that coyote. Something was not right with it. However, a normal coyote, you really don't have anything to worry about," said Parker.

The officer cautioned other members of the public to be weary of coyotes acting strange.

"You see one acting a little odd or suspicious, running up to cars, running up to houses, that's definitely not normal," said Parker.  "Best thing to do it contact us, wildlife officer or you can contact CMPD Animal Care and Control."

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