Police: Man treated after raccoon attack in NJ park

September 7, 2020 GMT

TEWKSBURY, N.J. (AP) — A 79-year-old man had minor injuries after being attacked by a raccoon while walking his dogs in a New Jersey park last week, authorities said.

Tewksbury police say the animal bit the man’s pants leg and refused to let go before the victim was able to fight it off in Christie Hoffman Farm Park just after 7 p.m. Friday.

Chief Tim Barlow said the man told police he went to a hospital for treatment of scratches to his arm. His two dogs were unhurt.

Minutes earlier, police said, a person was chased by a raccoon in the park but managed to get away without injury.


Police said the raccoon was located and killed and will be tested for rabies. Three animals, a skunk and two raccoons, have tested positive for rabies in the area this year.