HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say DNA from a coyote that bit a girl on Southern California’s Huntington Beach last week matched samples from one of two coyotes shot and killed following the attack.
The 2-year-old child was hospitalized with bites to her head and face that were not considered life-threatening. Huntington Beach police responded and shot two coyotes found in the area.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife says samples taken from the girl’s wounds were used to confirm that the animal that bit her had been killed.
Officials say a coyote attacked and injured a girl on Southern California’s famed Huntington Beach.
A police spokesperson says the attack occurred Thursday night on the beach near the Huntington Beach Pier.
The girl was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police later shot two coyotes, killing one, but the other got away.
The city has been conducting increased trapping efforts for several weeks and is asking residents to report coyote sightings.
Huntington Beach has one of California’s classic surf breaks and is known as “Surf City USA.”