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Coyote attacks two small children at park

12:22 AM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- Wildlife officials are looking for the coyote they say attacked two small children at a Colorado Springs park.

Both attacks happened between 6 and 7 p.m. on Thursday at Goose Gossage Park. Wildlife officials responded to the park just after 6 for the first attack on a four-year-old girl.

"She had been knocked down. The coyote nipped her in the behind," said Parks and Wildlife spokesman Michael Seraphin. "She was not injured and her skin was not broken. Her clothes were not torn."

They searched the area for the coyote, but could not find it. Less than an hour later they were called back to the park for another attack on a little girl. Seraphin says the child's mother caught her at the bottom of a slide, and then set her down so that she could catch her son who was coming down the slide behind her. While she focused on her son, the coyote bit the little girl.

"She did suffer a gash wound in the front of her forehead above her eye and in the back of her head a couple of gashes there," Seraphin said. "She had some stitches put in and during the procedure began to get rabies shots as a precautionary measure."

Wildlife officials believe the same coyote is responsible for both attacks. They're searching for the animal and will put it down.

"That is quite unusual and that is why an effort's being made to try and find the animal," Seraphin said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers the following advice if you encounter a coyote:

Do not run or turn your back
Be as big and loud as possible
Wave your arms and throw objects
Face the coyote and back away slowly
If attacked fight back

More information can be found here.

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