Coyote attacks 5-year-old child in Bay Area-area park

California

FILE -Two coyotes, one of them a nursing mother (R) walking with a limp, walk on grass at the edge of scorched earth in Griffith Park, the nation’s largest urban park, after fleeing flames on May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images – FILE)

DUBLIN, Calif. (East Bay Times/AP) — Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a 5-year-old girl was hospitalized after a coyote attacked her when she was walking with her family in a park.

The East Bay Times reports the girl was walking with her family at the Dublin Hills Regional Park when a pack of five or six coyotes approached and one of them bit her.

Officials say the girl’s family quickly intervened and the animals fled. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The park was closed to visitors while parks staff work to locate, trap and remove the coyotes.

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