A 66-year-old man in Morris County, N.J., is recovering after he was attacked by a coyote that bit him on the buttocks and right calf.
The coyote was killed by park police and is being tested for rabies.
The Morris County Park Police Department reported the incident occurred Wednesday about 11:20 a.m. while the man and two other adults, were walking with their dogs on Columbia Trail in Long Valley area of Washington Township.
The coyote came out of the woods and attacked the man, who was able to grab a stick to defend himself and incapacitate the animal, according to police.
Police euthanized the coyote and summoned medics for the unidentified man, who refused treatment on the scene but stated he would seek immediate medical care.
Animal Control officers transported the remains of the coyote to a state lab to test for rabies.
The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that most cases of rabies in wildlife are found in raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, and mongooses. Of the 5,588 cases of rabies found in wildlife in 2014, only nine were coyotes.