VIDEO: Lone Coyote Attacks Entire Group Of Cops On Highway

Sandy Malone

Animal Control is testing the body of a coyote that attacked a Columbus police officer to see if the animal had rabies.

Columbus, OH – A Columbus police officer was attacked by a coyote on Thursday night before running away and returning to take on a whole group of cops (video below).

The incident occurred at about 7:23 pm om Jan. 16 as Columbus Police Officer James Tripp was working traffic at South Hamilton Road and Interstate 70, according to a post on the Columbus Division of Police’s official Facebook page.

Police said a coyote attacked Officer Tripp and bit him in the knee multiple times.

The officer deployed pepper spray at the animal and then punched it several times before additional officers arrived to assist him, according to the post.

But then bodycam video showed that, even with multiple officers present and several police vehicles with police lights flashing on scene, the coyote returned and charged again.

The video showed officers using a police SUV to push the coyote back, but the animal dodged around the back of another police vehicle and came back at officers.

Dashcam video from another patrol vehicle gave an even better view as the coyote lunged at police.

Video showed that one of the officers deployed a Taser at the coyote, and the animal dropped to the ground and cried out.

Police say the coyote then dashed off into the woods but didn’t leave the area.

An officer fatally shot the coyote to keep it from attacking any other humans, according to the post.

The Humane Society of the United States said on its website that coyote attacks on humans are rare.

Coyotes are generally afraid of and avoid humans unless they have been fed by people.

But the Humane Society said that a coyote who has bitten a person “will have to be specifically targeted and removed from the population.”

Animal control collected the coyote’s body and is testing it for rabies or any other diseases that might have cause it to display such unusual aggressive behavior.

Officer Tripp sustained multiple bite wounds to his right knee and was transported to the hospital for treatment, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Watch video of the officers’ encounter with the coyote below:

Comments (55)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

6th sense. The coyote sensed evil in their midst. I've seen coyotes all around my neighborhood and no one has ever been attacked.

Jackie753
Jackie753

Classic signs of rabies. 😢😢

DNW
DNW

It's not unheard of for coyotes to attack humans as prey items, there are quite a few anecdotal accounts of this happening. It's also interesting that the officer referred to it as a 'wolf'. A segment of the coyote population does appear to have interbred with wolves, called "coywolves". They are bigger in size.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Coyotes are afraid of people this one had rabies

Njaz
Njaz

Prayers for Officer- 🙏💙

GAR-resident
GAR-resident

That's really interesting about the coyote or coywolf. If it is a female she may be guarding her cubs if there is a den nearby and she perceived her first targeted officer as a threat. I'm sorry what happened to that officer and the rest.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Why do you all continue to spar with HCD? You’re doing exactly what he wants. If you just ignore him, he’ll go away.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The animal should have been shot when it first attacked. You don't mess around with a wild animal like that when it is app pizzed-off.

junkmansj
junkmansj

9mm taser would have worked better

Woobie46
Woobie46

I wish they would have just shot the sick thing rather than tazz him...seems a little mean...not sure why they handled it that way, but I'm all for killing off any/everything that attacks people...listening to me, Bugger and LCD?

JazDen
JazDen

I hope they checked the area ( if it was a female) for a litter. That would be another reason it attacked.

HB1
HB1

Unreal. Once attacked, it's 9mm time! Officers now risk their own lives due to all of anti cop laws.

wbvr3
wbvr3

Antifa now has a K-9 corps?

Caddis
Caddis

I would have shot the thing but understand with all this anti-cop crap going on, these officers were probably worried about losing their job or being charged with animal cruelty.

SPD411
SPD411

Several years ago a single coyote made the mistake of charging my patrol car. It was a deliberate attack. Not long afterwards I heard of the fatal coyote attack on a lone female hiker in Nova Scotia.


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