State Fish and Wildlife officials said DNA testing of animal saliva acquired after three recent coyote encounters in Moraga and Lafayette has revealed that a single animal was responsible for all three biting incidents.
Lab results proved that a coyote was responsible for a bite delivered to a Diablo Foods store employee in Lafayette the evening of December 15 and also proved that the offending animal was responsible for two earlier biting incidents in Moraga on Dec. 4 and July 9, Capt. Patrick Foy said.
“CDFW and allied agency partners have already started operational planning to locate the offending coyote,” Foy wrote, adding that there were no plans to initiate a “cull” – or organized killing – of area coyotes.
The Diablo Foods employee was taking a break behind the grocery store in downtown Lafayette when the coyote approached and bit him on the leg. He and a few co-workers scared it off, Foy said.
A Fish and Wildlife official responded and took DNA swabs of the bite wound and samples of the employee’s pants to send to a Sacramento lab where they will try and develop a coyote genetic profile to compare to other bites in the area.
The attack is the eighth confirmed coyote bite this year in California and the fourth in the Bay Area.