Coyote who attacked toddler on California beach is euthanized after being found under a trailer
Coyote who attacked toddler on California beach is euthanized after being found hiding under nearby trailer: Police say there’s ‘no sign he’s rabid’
- A young man was violently attacked by a coyote in Huntington Beach, California
- An incident occurred when a mother took her two children to the ocean to paddle
- One of the coyotes was found dead on the beach Friday morning and was being taken for rabies testing
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers have since captured a second coyote who was found injured under a trailer near the pier
- The animal was euthanized
- Officers believe it was the cayote responsible for the attack, but won’t know for sure until they compare its DNA to the girl’s bites.
- Authorities will test both animal carcasses for rabies, but said neither appeared to show signs of rabies
Wildlife officials have euthanized the coyote that allegedly attacked a young child on a California beach after it was found hiding under a nearby trailer.
Authorities searched for the coyote that attacked the toddler and bit his face in Huntington Beach on Thursday.
The unidentified girl, aged two or three, was taken to hospital by ambulance to treat her serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
While searching for the animal that carried out the attack, authorities shot two coyotes on the beach who both fled.
A young man was brutally attacked by a coyote in Huntington Beach, California. The animal can be seen prowling on the far left of the frame
The incident happened when a mother took her two children to the ocean to paddle. She didn’t notice what was happening to one of her children a few steps away
The coyote jumped and pounced on the girl knocking her down on the sand
The girl’s face was mangled for around 15 seconds before an adult chased the animal away
One of the coyotes was found dead on the beach on Friday morning and was being taken for rabies testing, but it is not believed to be the animal responsible for the attack.
OCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife officers have since captured an injured coyote which they found under a trailer near the pier and euthanized him, Captain Patrick Foy said.
Officers believe it was the coyote responsible for the attack but won’t know for sure until they test the carcass to compare its DNA to the girl’s bites, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Authorities will test both animal carcasses for rabies.
“There is no evidence to suggest the coyote was rabid, but this test will certainly help ease any concerns the family may have,” Foy said.
The disturbing attack on the girl was caught by police beach camera footage.
It showed the toddler being mauled by a coyote for 15 seconds before his family members noticed.
Two coyotes were shot by officials later Thursday night. One of the coyotes was found dead on the beach on Friday morning and was taken for rabies testing, but it is not believed to be the animal responsible for the attack.
The girl who is expected to make a full recovery then got up and ran to one of her parents who reacted in horror.
The little girl was rushed to hospital by ambulance with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Foy was unable to say why the attack happened. The family seemed to do nothing to provoke the wild animals.
Such encounters are relatively rare, Foy suggested that people who encounter wild animals should try to scare them away by making loud noises.
‘Don’t feed them. It’s the single most important thing we can do as a society to keep coyotes from getting too comfortable with people,” Foy said.