Woman, dog injured in coyote attacks in New Jersey park

MAHWAH, N.J.  — Authorities say a woman and a dog were injured in separate coyote attacks in a New Jersey park.

The Bergen County sheriff’s department says the unidentified woman was attacked Saturday in Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah Township. Hours later, a dog was attacked in the same area.

It’s unclear if the attacks were done by the same coyote. Police closed the park and locked the gates to the parking lot.

In August, a 53-year-old woman out for a walk in the township encountered a coyote chasing a deer, and the coyote stopped and bit her twice.

Township police have advised people encountering coyotes not to turn their backs to the animal or run. Instead, they say, you should make noise and throw small sticks to scare the coyote away.

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