A lone coyote attacked a 2-year-old girl in a park in Fountain Valley this week, authorities said Thursday.
The attack happened Tuesday night inside Mile Square Park near Euclid Street and Stonecress Avenue, the Fountain Valley Police Department said in a statement. The child was treated in a hospital and is recovering from his injuries, said Cpt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division.
The incident was not immediately reported and the coyote was not found or captured, Fountain Valley police said. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a search to locate and euthanize the coyote.
The attack is at least the second in recent months in Orange County. In April, a young girl was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after a coyote attack on the beach near the Huntington Beach pier.
If coyotes are seen in the area, residents are encouraged to confuse them and keep small children and pets under close supervision, Foy said.