A warning was issued to the residents of an Irvine, California, neighborhood as the number of coyote attacks on children is increasing.
Local residents have been warned to be more vigilant after coyotes attacked a fourth child in the past month in the Irvine area.
The latest incident occurred this past Sunday and the victim was a 2-year-old child. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Coyotes attacked a fourth child in the past month in the Irvine area (file photo; source: Wikipedia).
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Kent Smirl told KABC.:
It was a child, about approximately 2 years old, was in the garage. They opened the garage up and the coyote came in and actually got the child on the neck area and part of the cheek.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has reported four coyote attacks on young children in the past month in Irvine. All four victims had minor injuries from the attacks and were either bitten or scratched by a coyote.
Capt. Rebecca Hartman said:
These incidents highlight the importance of communities working together to eliminate sources of food that may attract wildlife to neighborhoods.
When coyotes are fed, either intentionally or unintentionally by food being left out, they can become a public safety threat.
2. There has been a growing number of coyote attacks on children in an Irvine neighborhood.
Trappers have managed to euthanize five coyotes in the Irvine area, one of which has been linked back to an attack through its DNA, according to KABC.
The authorities are concerned that coyotes are beginning to lose their natural fear of humans, because they have grown to associate people with food.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife advises that, if a coyote approaches and looks aggressive, residents pick up small children and pets and throw rocks to chase the canine away.
The only reported fatality caused by a coyote in California, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, took place in 1981 and the victim was a 3-year-old girl.
3. A 3-year-old girl is attacked from behind and bitten by a coyote at a park in Irvine.
Read more: KABC.
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