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Aggressive Coyote Removed from Contra Costa County

by ECT

A multi-agency team of wildlife management professionals and local law enforcement caught and euthanized the coyote that attacked five people in the Moraga/Lafayette area of Contra Costa County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced.

This unusually aggressive coyote attacked a small child on July 9, 2020, an adult male on Dec. 4, 2020, another adult male on Dec. 15, 2020, another small child on Feb. 16, 2021 and another adult male on Feb. 19, 2021. All the attacks occurred within two miles of one another in a north to south Lafayette/Moraga corridor. Personnel from CDFW, U.S. Dept of Agriculture – Wildlife Services, the Moraga and Lafayette police departments and Contra Costa County Animal Services have been working constantly to locate and remove the offending animal. On Thursday, evidence from CDFW’s wildlife forensics lab matched the DNA of this coyote to samples taken from each of the five victims.

U.C. Davis veterinary staff will conduct a rabies test. There is no current evidence to suggest the coyote is rabid but because of the severity of the disease it is standard operating procedure in an animal attack investigation such as this one. Rabies tests can only be done post-mortem.

Contra Costa County residents interested in learning more about living near coyotes can visit Keepmewild.org where there are helpful tips on how we can all better coexist with coyotes and other wild animals around us.

Personnel from the agencies involved in the operation wish to extend gratitude to the Contra Costa County citizens in the vicinity who have been overwhelmingly supportive of the effort to remove the dangerous animal. It is the sincere hope of the agencies that locals can recreate outdoors in the area again with significantly reduced anxiety and that the community knows that outdoor recreation is still very safe.


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Troy McClure Mar 13, 2021 - 8:21 am

If only this story was about Gavin Newsom being removed from California.

Daniel Mar 13, 2021 - 8:45 pm

Amen. And Sleepy Joe, Kamala and Crazy Nancy

animal advocate Mar 15, 2021 - 12:57 am

This coyote was protecting HIS territory which we humans are encroaching on. Who can blame the poor guy? Maybe he’s protecting his den and pups? We would do the same if things were turned around. He was smart and evaded traps for a long time. It’s a bloody shame he was destroyed!

Lucy Gardner Mar 16, 2021 - 2:08 am

I would be aggressive too — very aggressive, as a matter of fact — if my traditional territory was overrun by another species.

Georgie Girl Mar 16, 2021 - 12:55 pm

Poor guy! Just protecting his territory! For doing that, he gets off’d! Rest in peace, noble canine!

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