O'Reilly sprang into action, wrestling the animal to the ground, fighting it for almost 10 minutes before eventually killing it. The animal bit him on the chest and arm before he eventually choked it to death. That did not work.
"In the middle of the moment you're not really thinking or recording a whole lot", O'Reilly told WMUR.
"It made it very clear that it was not going away. That put him to the ground, and I was able to jump on him after that", O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly told CNN affiliate WCVB in an interview it took him about 10 minutes to kill the coyote. "One hand on its windpipe and one on its snout did the trick", O'Reilly shared. "That coyote was very much interested in living, but so were we".
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"Never underestimate the power of survival", O'Reilly said. His son was bitten, but the bite didn't pierce the child's skin thanks to the snowsuit he was wearing, according to Boston25.
A spokesman for New Hampshire Fish and Game said state health officials will be testing the coyote for rabies and the results will be publicized as soon as they become available.
Ian stresses that he had previously tried to "deescalate" the situation by attempting to shoo the animal away, but insists he was left with no choice but to kill the coyote after it showed no signs of letting up its attack.
The first caller, at 8.40am said a coyote had attacked their vehicle. She is also being treated for rabies. Her dogs have also been treated and received a rabies booster shot, police said.
Pat Lee, 62, called police to her home a short time later after the coyote entered her enclosed porch and tried to attack her and her dogs.
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"I was running behind the dogs to get them in, and just as I was here, literally, the coyote bit me".
He ended up with a couple of coyote bites, but was ultimately victorious in a life-or-death struggle as he strangled the possibly rabid animal.
Approximately two hours later, Exeter police received a call about O'Reilly's encounter with the coyote on the trail.
O'Reilly managed to suffocate the coyote until it succumbed, according to police.
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