A warning has been issued to residents in an Irvine neighborhood where there has been a growing number of coyote attacks on children.
A coyote attacked a 3-year-old girl at Silverado Park near Silverado and Equinox in May.
Since then, there have been three more attacks involving young children in Irvine. The most recent attack occurred Sunday and involved a 2-year-old child.
In this latest attack, the coyote actually came into a garage to bite the child. All the children who have had coyote encounters received minor injuries but it’s very possible that things could have been worse. The aggressiveness of coyotes is due to a number of factors say wildlife officials who are warning people to be cautious. The animals are getting used to people, for one. And residential areas are a source of food and water for them in this time of drought.
They are not “dogs” and should be scared away from people. Instead, they are becoming more accustomed to our lifestyle.