|Coyote Springbrook Park Irvine California, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, coyote rescue, coyote rehabilitation, hazing|
A six year old boy was bitten by a coyote in Springbrook Park in Irvine, California. The child was playing across the park from his father. The coyote approached and grabbed the boy's arm. The coyote then dragged the boy three feet. His father saw this and yelled at the coyote who let go of the boy.
Based on our experience this was caused by a few things. People are leaving food or trash out in the park for the coyote to eat. People may be BBQ'ing at the park which will lure coyotes to the area. People are probably feeding the coyote directly. Within only one hour in Griffith Park we witnessed four separate adults directly feed a coyote. The coyote also ate out of the trash. People are also not scaring the coyote away. They are taking photos and videos so they can post it on social media. That's probably why some are feeding them directly.
As we've stated many times "a fed coyote is a dead coyote." Because of this incident Fish & Wildlife have already killed four coyotes found in that area. They are being tested for rabies just to be on the safe side.
Another issue which this park has is it's location. Coyotes love to travel along the sides of freeways. This park abuts the freeway. The coyotes travel via the sides of the freeway. For all these reasons coyotes are drawn to this park.
We have the same suggestions that we always give. Secure the food and trash. Make sure animals can't get in the trash cans and the cans are emptied regularly. Educate with signs then warn people that feeding coyotes or any wildlife is illegal. Start citing people if they continue to feed. Get rid of the BBQ areas. Don't let people bring BBQ grills to the park. City employees, coyote rescue groups, Fish & Wildlife, Parks Dept need to go and haze all coyotes in the area. If you see a coyote, yell at it, rush it, stomp your feet, make loud noises. And of course most importantly closely watch small children and pets.
Below is a map of Springbrook Park in Irvine, California.
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