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Coyote that bit woman in Yellowstone didn’t have rabies

Cascade Creek looking south from the road in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo/NPS, Jacob W. Frank)

Cascade Creek looking south from the road in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo/NPS, Jacob W. Frank)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A coyote that bit a cross-country skier in Yellowstone National Park didn’t have rabies, park officials said Jan. 30.

The attack happened the morning of Jan. 30 on Grand Loop Road in the Canyon Village area.

Rangers treated the unidentified 43-year-old woman at the Canyon Visitor Education Center for punctures and lacerations on her head and arm before she was taken to another medical facility, park officials said Jan. 29. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.

The young coyote may have been starving because it had porcupine quills in its jaw and mouth, Yellowstone wildlife biologist Doug Smith said in a statement. He said coyote attacks in the park are rare.

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