State wildlife officials are on the lookout for an aggressive coyote in Broomfield’s Anthem subdivision today, after one of the animals attacked a 6-year-old boy Tuesday night while the child was on a walk with his father in the area. The boy sustained only minor injuries, according to police.
The attack occurred around 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the victim was walking with his father and 2-year-old sibling on a trail south of Colo. 7 between Lowell Boulevard and Sheridan Parkway, according to police. A coyote reportedly sprang from tall grasses near the trail and knocked the child over before running off, police said.
The boy’s father took him to an area hospital, where, in addition to some scrapes, doctors discovered small puncture wounds on the boy’s buttocks, according to police.
Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said experts from her department were in the Anthem area today searching for the coyote responsible for the attack. She said efforts to find the animal were unsuccessful this morning and officials will be back in the area later today.
Churchill said if the animal believed to be responsible for the attack is found, it will be killed. The policy of killing coyotes that have acted aggressively toward humans is one endorsed by the state and Broomfield in its 2010 wildlife coexistence policy.
Tuesday’s coyote attack was the second on a small child reported in the Anthem neighborhood in five weeks. On July 18, a 2 1/2-year-old boy was on a walk with his father on a trail in the area, when a coyote knocked the child down and bit him on the buttocks and lower-back region. The boy fully recovered from the attack and received a rabies vaccination.
Wildlife officials later killed a coyote believed to be responsible for the attack.
Churchill said this is the time of year young coyotes begin to disperse from their family groups and start hunting on their own.
“Young coyotes will be out learning how to hunt, so it’s a good time to be extra vigilant with your pets,” she said. “Always keep your pets on a leash.”
Churchill said while it doesn’t appear Tuesday’s attack could have been prevented, she recommends kids learn how to be wildlife “S.M.A.R.T.” The acronym outlines the steps a child should take should they encounter a wild animal: Stop and don’t move. Make yourself look big. Announce yourself as a human. Retreat by backing away slowly. Tell an adult.
Source: Daily Camera