DNA confirms same coyote responsible for 5th attack in East Bay

Bay Area

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KRON) – The same coyote responsible for four previous attacks in the East Bay bit another person, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

“It’s concerning. It’s scary to walk around here,” neighbor Alexei Schiopu said.

The most recent incident happened near a Quik Stop in Lafayette on Friday.

DNA testing from the victim’s clothing confirmed a match to the same coyote from four previous biting incidents in the Bay Area, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The offending coyote has now attacked 5 people in separate incidents between July and February.

The agency deployed USDA Wildlife Services experts who specialize in trapping animals to capture the coyote in question.

“The five attacks have all been a surprise on the victim where they never really saw it coming,” Captain Patrick Foy said. 

“The fact that only one is biting people says that it’s not normal, and so there’s a special reason that particular one is biting people,” resident Sally Swanson said.

An extensive trapping operation has been implemented designed to catch the coyote. 

Experts believe this will be the most effective technique in catching the coyote.

KeepMeWild.org offers the following tips to avoid a brush-in with a coyote:

  • Do not feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
  • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting near your home.
  • Trim ground-level shrubbery (to reduce hiding places).
  • Know that coyotes are more active in the spring, when they are feeding and protecting their young.
  • If followed by a coyote, make loud noises and, if that fails, throw rocks in its direction.
  • If you witness a coyote attack, immediately contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife or local law enforcement.

Visit www.keepmewild.org for more information on coyote safety.

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