BOSTON (AP) – A coyote running free at Boston’s Logan International Airport briefly forced the closing of two runways.

The Boston Globe reports the animal was killed Wednesday when it was hit by workers who were using a truck to try to contain it.

The coyote was discovered by grounds crews on Wednesday morning, and the runways were shut down.

Crews in trucks tried to keep the coyote away from the runways while they contacted animal control officers. But the animal bolted in front of one of the vehicles.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Phil Orlandella says animals rarely get loose on the airport’s runways, but it happens three or four times a year.

He said the coyote didn’t cause any major flight delays.


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