Coyote Attacks Child On Cape Cod Beach As Officials Warn Of Dangerous Encounters
A young child was attacked by a coyote on a Cape Cod beach, Massachusetts, but was not seriously injured.
The child was bitten in the face, neck and shoulder at North Herring Cove Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore Wednesday night and was rushed to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the National Park Service. The age of the child was not given.
The coyote was killed by rangers and tested negative for rabies, officials say.
Rangers have reported several incidents this summer of coyotes bravely approaching people in the area. That's because coyotes get used to people and are attracted to picnics and edible trash, NPS officials warned.
"This behavior begins with people deliberately feeding the coyotes by omitting food or accidentally not removing leftover food and packaging from the beach," said an NPS statement.
“This means that the animals have to get used to and are brave to look for food. When wild animals lose their fear of humans, they behave unpredictably and aggressively, resulting in injury to humans and a sad ending for the accustomed animal, ”she added.
Last month, two men on a boat came to the rescue of a woman, Marcy Sterlis, who was using a stick to ward off an “relentless” coyote on a Provincetown beach.
In a video recorded by one of the men, fisherman Andrew DeCarton, Sterlis can be heard screaming "help me" as the coyote follows her. The animal was eventually scared when DeCarton struck a paddle against the side of his boat, the Cape Cod Times reported.
Sterlis later wrote on Facebook: "Great props for these guys to hear and respond to my screams - this coyote was adamant and I don't know what I would have done without them."
Meanwhile, San Francisco officials are investigating the identity of a woman filmed on Bernal Hill in town feeding raw meat to wild coyotes. It is illegal to feed wild animals.
“Feeding coyotes and other wild animals makes the wild animals lose their natural caution. They're starting to see people as a source of food, "Virginia Donohue, executive director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, told Fox News 2.
A human-used coyote was euthanized last month after repeatedly approaching young children in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
“We were certainly very concerned when they saw them approach the children. It's not natural behavior, ”said Donohue.
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