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Health alert issued for potentially rabid coyote in Tompkins County

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Tompkins County Whole Health has issued a health alert regarding a “potentially rabid” coyote in the Monkey Run Natural Area of the Cornell Botanical Gardens. Over the past three days, the coyote has attacked multiple people and dogs in the area.

The affected area includes sections of Monkey Run bounded by Hanshaw Road, Route 13, Freese Road, and Route 366. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating, and Cornell University Police are aware of the situation.


In response, the Cornell Botanical Gardens have closed trails in the area, including the Cayuga Trail and the Dryden Rail Trail. Sightings of the coyote should be reported to the Ithaca non-emergency dispatch number at 607-273-8000.

Residents should report any animal bites, scratches, or contact with saliva or potentially infectious material to the environmental health division. For more information, visit Tompkins County’s rabies control website.