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Two rare coyote attacks reported in Tucson area

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TUCSON - Arizona Game and Fish Department are investigating two separate incidents of coyote attacks in the last few days.

According to AZGFD, the 77-year-old was bitten on the leg by the desert dweller while he was standing on his backyard porch Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said the bite was superficial but it broke skin.

The man was treated for potential rabies exposure.

AZGFD officials said due to the attack being unprovoked and the rarity of coyote attacks, investigators believe someone has been feeding coyotes in the area.

Anyone caught feeding wildlife in Pima and Pinal counties can receive a fine of up to $300.

Thursday morning, AZGFD received a report of a second coyote attack

AZGFD says a coyote leaped on an elderly woman who was protecting her dog at Arroyo Chico Park. She reportedly was unhurt in the incident but was urged to get rabies treatment.

Officials say the coyote had been hanging out in the area near Tucson Boulevard and 15th Street the past few days.

The coyote was reportedly put down and will soon be tested for rabies.

AZGFD said the two incident are unrelated.

People who have information about this case or any other incidents of wildlife feedings are advised to report it by calling 900-352-0700.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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