A 2-year-old child was attacked by a coyote in a Fountain Valley park earlier this week, and authorities Thursday were looking for the animal.
The attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mile Square Park, near Euclid Street and Stonecress Avenue, Fountain Valley police Lt. Kham Vang said.
“The attack was not immediately reported and initial efforts to locate the animal were unsuccessful,” Vang said in a statement.
The extent of the child’s possible injuries was unclear.
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted and is now the lead agency in the investigation due to the wildlife aspect,” Vang said.
“CDFW and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (are) currently conducting operations in the area to locate and euthanize the coyote,” Vang said. “The community is encouraged to continue to haze coyotes and keep small children and pets under close supervision.”
“The Fountain Valley Police Department shares citizen concerns about the local coyote population,” according to the FVPD website. “We want our neighborhoods to remain safe while co-existing with coyote populations in their natural habitats.”
Further information about additional actions to better coexist with coyotes and other wild animals may be found at CDFW’s KeepMeWild webpage.