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2 hurt in coyote attack at Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, officials say

A search is underway for a coyote that attacked two individuals in Uwharrie National Forest, a few 60-mile drive northeast of Charlotte.

Identities of the victims haven’t been launched.

Uwharrie National Forest covers 51,850 acres and is a few 60-mile drive northwest of Charlotte.

“The isolated incident occurred early in the morning on April 27 on the Uwharrie Trail near Big Island Creek,” U.S. Forest Service officials mentioned in a information launch.

“Two individuals received minor injuries during the incident, and Forest Service and state officials are working together to locate the coyote involved.”

Details of how the victims encountered the animal weren’t launched.

Coyotes are a standard sight in the forest “and the results can be unpredictable,” officials mentioned.

They resemble a “mangy-looking dog,” weighing between 20 and 45 pounds, with “long slender snouts, a bushy tail, and pointed ears,” in keeping with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Coyotes “rarely contract rabies,” which is often a trigger for wildlife assaults on people, specialists say.

“Attacks on people, including children, are extremely rare,” the fee says.

“Normal coyote behavior is to be curious, but wary, when close to humans. Like other wildlife, they will become bold and habituated if people feed them, either purposely or inadvertently, such as with garbage or outdoor pet food.”

The U.S. Forest Service is warning Uwharrie National Forest guests to keep away from animals that seem “to be in distress” and to hunt medical consideration if injured by one.

Uwharrie National Forest covers 51,850 acres in Montgomery, Randolph and Davidson Counties.

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