Coyote found in East Providence tests positive for rabies


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – East Providence Animal Control was dispatched to the Eastern Avenue area after reports of a coyote acting strangely.

An Animal Control Officer William Muggle was able to locate and apprehend the coyote.

The coyote tested positive for the rabies virus.

“We ask that people use heightened caution, especially in that area,” Muggle said. “Be sure not to leave pets or children outside unattended. Coyotes are crepuscular, which means they are most active around dusk and dawn, but are often seen outside during the daytime hours as well.”

The rabies virus in coyotes is considered extremely rare.  Including this one, there have only been three confirmed cases of coyotes with rabies in Rhode Island since 1994, according to Muggle.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island State Veterinarian’s Office were also made aware of the confirmed case.

If you see a coyote out during the day wandering aimlessly through a neighborhood, getting close without seeming fearful, stumbling or walking strangely, or acting aggressively, please contact the East Providence Police at 401-435-7600 or RIDEM 401-222-3070.

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