A coyote tried to drag a 6-year old away in Irvine, California.
Urban coyotes are becoming more and more common around the country, and there are increasingly frightening incidents of actual attacks on humans. Earlier this week, a 6-year-old boy was attacked in Irvine, California.
Hear an eyewitness account of the crazy attack in the video below.
This is some scary stuff, especially since officials aren’t exactly sure what is causing coyotes to become more aggressive towards people. Luckily, this boy got away with only minor injuries.
“Scientists are still trying to figure out if what the coyote is doing is seeing the person as a food source, or if they are trying to remove them from the location,” California Fish and Wildlife Captain Rebecca Hartman told ABC News 7.
Authorities soon captured and euthanized four animals in the area of the attack, although it’s unclear whether they were able to isolate the coyote responsible for the attack. As videos of coyotes attacking people and pets hit the internet, it’s becoming clearer that the coyote attack risk is growing in urban areas.
One man in Colorado last year had to fend off a vicious attack from three coyotes that attacked him on his way home from work.
As humans continue to expand our cities, it’s likely more and more conflicts between people and highly adaptive coyotes will continue to occur.