Investigators with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are once again turning to science to determine the DNA profile of a coyote that reportedly nipped a store employee in downtown Lafayette Tuesday night.
Captain Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed many reports forwarded to this site of a coyote roaming Mt. Diablo Boulevard around 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
The animal is reported to have bitten a store employee at either Whole Food or Diablo Foods market but Foy said that aspect of the story remains under investigation, with his office collecting evidence for analysis and forwarding it to their laboratory for analysis.
News24/680 can confirm that an ambulance crew was dispatched to Whole Food at around 8 p.m. Tuesday, but we have no insight as to the nature of the injury sustained.
“Part of the forensics work will include an attempt to isolate coyote DNA,” Foy wrote. “(We’re) working on a plan to address the situation but (it’s) complicated due to the highly urban area.”
Numerous residents wrote this site about the animal Tuesday night, apparently first spotted near the Lafayette Reservoir before making its way downtown in the direction of Diablo Foods and the Lafayette Circle areas.
If Tuesday’s encounter is confirmed, it would be the third – extremely rare – biting incident involving a coyote in Lamorinda since July.