Traps have been set for a coyote in the East Bay after saliva tests attributed four recent attacks on humans to the one animal.
Four people were bitten along a four-mile stretch of Moraga Road since July:
July 9, 2020: A 2-year-old boy was bitten near the parking lot in Moraga Commons Park.
Dec. 4, 2020: A man was bitten on the leg as he prepared to do pushups during a workout after dark on the football field of Campolindo High School.
Dec. 15, 2020: An employee was bitten while taking a break at night behind Diablo Foods in Lafayette.
Feb. 16, 2021: A 3-year-old girl was bitten while walking with her mother two blocks west of Campolindo High.
Wildlife officials say coyotes are generally easy to scare off, and attacks on humans are rare. In areas where coyote attacks have occurred, avoid walking during twilight or in the dark and keep dogs on a leash. (Coyotes in urban areas tend to be more nocturnal than those in rural and wild areas.)
If you do encounter a coyote:
Stand tall, look the coyote in the eyes and shout at it. You can also throw things to scare it off.
Don’t run or turn your back. Those behaviors might encourage the coyote to see you as prey.
Hold your leashed dog close to you or, if it’s small, pick it up.
From February to July, a coyote that won’t be run off may be protecting a den of pups. In that case, maintain eye contact and assertive stance and walk calmly away without turning your back completely.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment