NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Campus police have announced that the Rutgers Ecological Preserve will reopen after it was closed following a coyote attack earlier this month.
Chief Kenneth Cop announced on social media that the preserve will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 a.m.
Cop said the decision to reopen the reserve was made after consulting with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Two coyote attacks on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway on Nov. 14 and 18 prompted officials to shutter the reserve.
According to police, a coyote displaying unusually aggressive behavior when it bit a man on the leg in the first attack and pulled at the leg of a man's pants before running off in the second incident. Both took place near Parking Lot 105.
At about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, Rutgers University Police euthanized an aggressive coyote they believed was involved in two attacks.
According to a press release from the university, the officers positioned themselves to move the coyote away from the populated area, but the coyote continued to approach an officer and a police vehicle. The coyote’s unusually aggressive behavior indicated that it was most likely sick. The officer euthanized the coyote once it was in a safe area.
On Nov. 23, a university spokesman said that testing conducted by the New Jersey Department of Health indicated the euthanized coyote did not have rabies.
Because coyotes typically avoid people, this animal’s unusual behavior indicates it was likely sick and/or had lost its fear of humans possibly due to being fed by people leaving food out for other animals and/or improperly discarding food outdoors.