The Lafayette police department is reporting yet another in a string of biting incidents involving a rogue coyote believed ranging in the Lamorinda area.
The latest incident occurred Feb. 19 across from the Quik Stop location in Lafayette, police said, reporting only that the victim in the incident was an adult male.
DNA testing from the victim’s clothing was completed and returned today, Tuesday, as matching that of the animal responsible for the four previous incidents.
Officials stressed than an aggressive effort to trap the responsible animal is underway with game cameras and traps in place and in use on private property. Officials asked that the public not interfere with the trapping or filming equipment in any way.
Police and state wildlife officials said the effort to locate and stop the offending animal is now proceeding non-stop, and may not always be visible to the public at large.
Officials asked anyone seeing an animal in Lafayette to contact them at 925.284.5010. They remind citizens never to approach or feed a coyote, something that has been witnessed by officials in the past.