A toddler was seriously injured after being mauled by a coyote on the porch of the child’s home in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday morning, officials said.
Following the attack on the 2-year-old, the prairie wolf fled to a nearby park where a cop opened fire on the animal, the police said.
But the coyote fled into the woods and was chased away by a game warden, authorities said.
Wildlife experts believe the dangerous dog was being fed by residents of the neighborhood north of White Rock Lake or it wouldn’t have come near a human.
“Humans’ lack of fear can be disastrous for the coyote,” Robert Timm, a retired wildlife biologist, told The Associated Press.
Timm co-authored an academic paper that found coyotes only attacked humans 142 times between 1960 and 2006 in the United States and Canada.
Such attacks “are not just rare, they are extremely rare,” said the state’s urban wildlife biologist, Sam Kieschnick.
The Texas coyote attack came less than a week after surf camera footage captured the moment a coyote attacked a toddler on a California beach while two adults stood unknowingly a few feet away of the.
One of the little girl’s caretakers finally chased the animal away after nearly 15 seconds, the footage shows.
The tot suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the terrifying encounter.
With AP wires