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Police: Coyote bites man on leg outside bank

June 14, 2022 GMT

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Animal control in a community north of Boston is looking for a coyote that bit a man outside a bank.

The man was on the phone outside a bank at a busy Swampscott shopping area on Monday morning when the coyote approached him from behind and bit him on the calf, causing a puncture wound, police said.

The man used a wooden pole he had in his vehicle to chase away the coyote, which ran into a nearby wooded area.

The man declined medical treatment at the scene and said he would take himself for treatment.

The man, John Malafronte, told WHDH-TV that he is being treated for rabies as a precaution.

There have been several reports of aggressive coyotes in Massachusetts in recent years.