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Woman claims coyote that attacked her was last seen near schools

Residents are being warned to stay on the lookout for a possibly rabid coyote by an Ashley Oaks resident who claims it bit her on Tuesday night. Canine trainer Michelle Barker said she was bitten as she was taking out her garbage. She claims she fended off the attacking animal with a garbage can lid. The coyote then fled across Highway 18 toward the school campus between the Fine Arts Center and primary school, she reported. All indications are the coyote is still on the loose, though Barker claims reports were made to both the Barnesville police department and Lamar County sheriff’s office. Barker said she sought medical care for her wound at multiple medical offices and facilities and had difficulty locating rabies vaccine. A police incident report provided by Capt. Craig Cooper of the Barnesville Police Department notes, however, that Barker declined treatment at the scene, saying she would go to the emergency room the next morning. The incident report notes that the original complainant was a neighbor not Barker.

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