Four confirmed coyote attacks in one month is more than just a trend.
Coyote attacks on children are happening at an alarming rate in California. The citizens of Irvine are on high alert after another coyote attack almost claimed the life of a two-year-old child.
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So far, five coyotes have been trapped and euthanized in an attempt to slow down the attacks. Of these five, one was linked to previous attacks through a DNA test.
The most recent attack hit a little too close to home for some Irvine residents.
“It was a child, about approximately 2 years old, was in the garage,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Kent Smirl. “They opened the garage up and the coyote came in and actually got the child on the neck area and part of the cheek.”
Irvine officials worry these coyote attacks on children may actually increase as coyotes continue to lose their fear of humans. As more coyotes learn to adapt to urban areas, they are starting to see humans as a food source. These predators might only be interested in what’s inside garbage bins, but they will attack humans if given the opportunity.
“These incidents highlight the importance of communities working together to eliminate sources of food that may attract wildlife to neighborhoods,” reported Captain Rebecca Hartman with the California Department of Fish and wildlife. “When coyotes are fed, either intentionally or unintentionally by food being left out, they can become a public safety threat.”
Only one confirmed coyote attack resulted in a fatality in the state of California. It occurred in 1981, when a three-year-old child was killed.