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1 coyote responsible for 4 attacks on people since July

February 18, 2021 GMT

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — The coyote that bit a 3-year-old girl this week is the same animal that bit three other people last year in the San Francisco Bay Area and officials are searching for the animal to euthanize it, a wildlife official said.

“The coyote’s DNA profile is a match to the coyote responsible for the three other attacks that occurred all in the same vicinity between July and December 2020,” California Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy told the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday.

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The coyote bit the 3-year-old girl Tuesday as she was walking with her parent in Moraga. Last year, the animal bit a grocery store worker and a man in December and a 2-year-old boy in July.

Foy said the agency started looking for the animal after Tuesday’s attack. Once the animal is caught, officials euthanize and test it for rabies.

Biologists have launched a coyote tracking program in the Marin Headlands to better understand the animals and prevent confrontations amid a rise amid a rise in coyote-human encounters in the Bay Area.