MONTEBELLO (CBSLA.com) — A Montebello park will remain closed at least through Wednesday while wildlife officials trap more coyotes that have been biting people.
Four coyotes, two males and two females, were euthanized Monday after at least three people reported having been bitten at Grant Rea Park in the past several weeks, according to Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan.
He said it was highly unusual to see these many attacks in a short period of time. “It’s something that can’t be explained easily. So we had to take action,” Hughan said.
The latest incident happened at 1 a.m. Sunday, when a man rummaging through a trash can was attacked by a coyote. He suffered 19 puncture wounds to the leg, Hughan said.
The previous night, a man working on his car in a driveway was also bitten.
On July 22, a 17-year-old girl was bitten on her leg.
“I woke up to her screaming and crying when she came home,” said the teen’s mother, Marie Ruvalcava. “She said she got bit by a coyote, and I thought I was dreaming. But I wasn’t dreaming.”
Ruvalcava shared a picture of her daughter’s bite marks.
She said her daughter had to get a rabies shot, antibiotics and will forever have a scar.
“She has a claw. She has three teeth marks on the top of her foot and bottom. So he latched her,” Ruvalcava explained.