State Wildlife officials are being notified of another incident involving a coyote Tuesday morning – this time in Moraga.
Information released by Moraga police confirmed reports that a parent carrying her 3-year-old child while pushing another infant child in a stroller near the intersection of Calle la Montana and Campolindo Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday was startled by an unprovoked attack by a coyote upon the child in her arms.
The parent was able to get the coyote to disengage, Police Chief Jon King said, praising the woman for “fighting so hard” to get the animal off after attacking them from behind. King said the animal inflicted a bite wound to the child’s leg before running away. It was last seen running north on Calle la Montana, police reported.
The child has reportedly been taken to Children’s Hospital, Oakland for treatment of the bite wound and the incident has being reported to Animal Services.
Human/Coyote contacts are rare but have gained notoriety in the Lamorinda area after a series of incidents apparently involving a lone animal – with biting incidents reported in both Moraga and Lafayette.
King noted that Lamorinda is now the epicenter of fully half the reported coyote/human encounters in the state with 4 of 8 reported incidents.
It could not be immediately determined if the animal involved in this latest incident is the one believe responsible for other recent attacks.
Capt. Patrick Foy from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s law enforcement division said his agency is investigating what they believe is “highly likely to be the fourth coyote bite in a small (geographic) area.”
Officials are working with hospital staff and beginning an animal attack investigation, Foy said, seeking confirmation of the responsible animal’s involvement with possible with DNA evidence.
“So that is what we are working to obtain right now,” he said.
The effort to find the animal responsible for the recent attacks has been so intense, King said, that even coyotes killed by cars in the area are being swabbed for DNA testing.