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Man strangles coyote to death after it attacks his son

Man strangles coyote to death after it attacks his son
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Ian O Reilly killed a coyote with his bare hands after it grabbed his 2-year-old son by his jacket hood and dragged him to the ground. (WCVB / CNN)

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A New Hampshire man killed a coyote with his bare hands Monday after it grabbed his 2-year-old son by his jacket hood and dragged him to the ground.

Ian O Reilly told CNN he had "never harmed an animal so it was a weird experience." After the coyote bit him twice while he tried fending it off, O Reilly kicked it away and used his body weight to suffocate it while holding its snout shut, he said in an emailed statement.

O Reilly told CNN affiliate WCVB in an interview it took him about 10 minutes to kill the coyote.

"I was able to get its head into the snow and get my hand around its snout, so it could no longer bite me," he said. "And then, from there, I was able to suffocate it by using my body weight and scissor-locking it until basically expiring."

O Reilly told CNN affiliate WMUR in a separate interview that he hadn t quite processed what happened, even after the fact.

"In the middle of the moment, you re not really thinking or ... recording a whole lot," he said. "You re really just instinct."

O Reilly s son was not injured.
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