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Wildlife officials have euthanized the coyote believed to have attacked a young child on a California beach after it was found hiding under a nearby trailer home.
Authorities have been searching for the coyote that attacked the toddler and bit her face at Huntington Beach on Thursday.
The unidentified girl, thought to be aged two or three, was taken to hospital by ambulance to deal with her serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
During their search for the animal that carried out the attack, authorities shot two coyotes on the beach which both ran off.
A youngster was viciously attacked by a coyote at Huntington Beach in California. The animal can be seen prowling in the far left of the frame
The incident occurred when a mother took her two children to the ocean to paddle. She did not notice what was happening to one of her kids just feet away
The coyote jumped up and pounced on the youngster knocking her over onto the sand
The girl’s face was mauled for around 15 seconds before an adult shooed the animal away
One of the coyotes was found dead on the beach on Friday morning and was being taken in for rabies testing but it was not believed to be the animal responsible for the attack.
Officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have since captured an injured coyote they found under a trailer home near the pier and euthanized it, Captain Patrick Foy said.
Officers believe this to be the coyote responsible for the attack but will not know for certain until they test the carcass to compare its DNA to the girl’s bite wounds, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Authorities will test both animal carcasses for rabies.
‘There’s no evidence to suggest the coyote was rabid, but that test will certainly help alleviate any concerns the family might have,’ Foy said.
The disturbing attack against the girl was captured on police’s beachcam footage.
It showed the toddler being mauled by a coyote for 15 seconds before her family members noticed.
Two coyotes were shot dead by officials later on Thursday night. One of the coyotes was found dead on the beach on Friday morning and was being taken in for rabies testing but it was not believed to be the animal responsible for the attack
The youngster 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 a hospital by ambulance, with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Foy was unable to say why the attack occurred. The family did not appear to be doing anything to provoke the wild animals.
Such encounters are relatively rare, Foy suggested that people who encounter the wild animals should try and scare them away by making loud noises.
‘Don’t feed them. That’s the most important thing we can do as a society to keep coyotes from being too comfortable around people,’ Foy said.
Source: Daily Mail