IRVINE (CBSLA/AP) — Orange County authorities have euthanized four coyotes following an attack on a 6-year-old boy who was bit while playing at an Irvine park.

The coyote bit the boy on the arm and tried to drag him away at Springbrook Park in Irvine last weekend.

The child’s father and others were able to get the animal to let go and scare it away. The boy was treated for bites as well as cuts and scrapes.

Animal control officers subsequently trapped and euthanized four coyotes, according to CBS2’s Michele Gile.

State Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan calls Irvine a “hot spot” for coyotes. He says there were six confirmed cases of coyotes biting humans in the city last year.

Last October an Irvine man and his 3-year-old son were bitten by a coyote in front of their home.

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