That area needs to be cleared of all wild canines if it was wild canines. They have had a taste of human blood. We need to be able to handle it like the rest of the state.Not being quiet, just trying to gather factual information before commenting about the awful demise of Mrs. Hamilton. Odie, can I ask the source of your info about the nutria, and about the wolf biologist warning people about a rabid animal? (feel free to message me via this site, or send an email).
If the nutria part is true, seems unlikely the canid was rabid, as rabid animals aren't known for eating much. It also doesn't make much sense to me that a wolf biologist would somehow find out that a wolf was rabid and not do anything about it (such as contact the Sheriff's dept). Rabies is typically confirmed only by testing dead animals, it isn't something that an agency biologist would somehow find out about back at the office (via telemetry?) and start sending out alerts. If the locals are the ones who reported a strange-acting animal, then I would expect those reports will surface before too long - surely they would have called animal control and the sheriff's office and the wildlife commission, or at least one of those agencies?
Assuming for the moment that part is just a distraction, if it was a non-rabid wolf or coyote, and if it was chowing down on a nutria it had killed before the arrival of the lady, that is at least more plausible. But a domestic dog could certainly have been feeding on a road-kill nutria, so that wouldn't prove much without further evidence. I'm trying to find out if more DNA tests are being done to confirm the identity of the attacking animal. The odds are still very strong it was domestic/feral, but we can't rule out wolf or coyote based on what is known so far.
Maybe we should kill all the coywoofs and test them just to make sure they aren't rabid?
I've had similar experiences in Guilford County. They are used to seeing people and are not afraid. On one property shooting a single shot during deer season appears to be the dinner bell for them.Summer of 2015 a man here in Raleigh called 911 for help after 3 yotes tracked and flanked him and his dog in NCSU's Schenk Forest. Chased and "Treed" him on a raised sewer main manhole access. Wake County Animal Control and NCSU Campus Police responded and the three yotes flanked the whole crew when they escorted him out. Aggressive, bold behavior and in the daytime.
Had a friend of mine have a similar encounter with a single yote on the NC Art Museum property. A single animal flanked him, seemingly taking a interest in the beagle he was walking. He picked the dog up and back tracked to a larger group of walkers on the green way path and the yote retreated. Two incidents just a couple of miles apart.
I guess we will have to wait for the DNA results to see. If they try to say it was the pits in quarantine now that they already cleared then I would call it a coverup.It seems like the information on what animal attacked Mrs. Hamilton has dried up. Is it a cover-up?
That is actually a very good article, thanks for posting it. A few quotes I think are worth focusing on: