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Outdoor Updates: Hikers Attacked by Rabid Coyote

New Jersey mom and teen attacked by rabid coyote while out hiking

A mother and her teen were out hiking on a popular New Jersey hiking trail when a rabid coyote attacked them. The mom, Robyn Weber, says that she and her son were hiking at Point Mountain Preserve when a coyote approached them and bit her leg, refusing to let go. When the coyote did eventually release her leg it began following the duo and next attacked Weber’s 15-year-old son, biting him several times in the face, leg, arms and foot. Both hikers were treated with a series of shots to prevent them from contracting rabies. 

The attack took place in Hunterdon County and the county health department says that there has recently been a spike in animals testing positive for rabies. Since January 2019, 24 coyotes, cats and raccoons have tested positive for the disease. 

Eliud Kipchoge is the first person to run a sub-2-hour marathon

Some questioned if it could ever be done, but on October 12, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, ran the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under two hours. The extraordinary run took place in Vienna, Austria on a flat course. Kipchoge ran alone but was aided by 41 pacers. He ran the distance in an astounding 1:59:40, maintaining an average pace of 4:35 per mile. 

Although this is the fastest marathon ever run, his feat will not be counted as a world record. The run was not a race; it was orchestrated for Kipchoge alone. In addition to being aided by 41 pacers that shielded him from the wind, he was also assisted by a crew of cyclists that delivered him water and fuel when he needed it. Kipchoge also wore a pair of controversial Nike running shoes, which Nike claims saves runners energy and translates to faster running times. 

Pennsylvania boaters take heed: mandatory life jacket requirements began Nov 1

Fall is the perfect time to paddle the waters in search of fall foliage but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, all boaters are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket during the cold weather months. The requirement covers times when the boat is moving or anchored and includes boats 16 feet in length or less including kayaks and canoes. The requirement covers all Pennsylvania waters.

“The water temperature is dropping rapidly beginning this time of year,” said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “Even on sunny days when air temperatures are comfortable and even feel warm, the water can be cold enough to put boaters at risk for sudden cold water immersion [cold water shock]. A life jacket can keep you afloat and alive.” Historically, nearly 80 percent of boating fatalities in Pennsylvania happened because boaters were not wearing life jackets. 

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