Coyote attacks and drags a 2 year-old girl from her mother in CaliforniaFargo, ND WDAY TV)-- There's a story sweeping across the nation tonight, that sounds too bizarre to be real. A coyote attacks a 2 year old girl in California and drags the girl from her mother.
Fargo, ND WDAY TV)-- There's a story sweeping across the nation tonight that sounds too bizarre to be real; a coyote attacks a 2 year-old girl in California and drags the girl from her mother.
Coyotes are becoming more prevalent in cities, so we asked the question: Do parents need to worry of more attacks on children, specifically here in our communities?
We know coyotes are here in Fargo, because we've seen the evidence. As far as that coyote attack on the 2 year-old being real, she has the battle wounds to prove it. Klarissa May is the latest victim from a coyote attack. She's one of hundreds to be attacked in the US since the mid 80s. Her mother talks about seeing the coyote dragging her daughter over head stones.
Michelle Luper - Mother: "Her nails were bent backwards from grabbing the ground. That's basically what I haven't been able to get out of my head. Her dress coming up...and just feeling helpless."
Klarissa is like most, suffered wounds but got away. Since 1981 there are 2 reported deaths by coyotes, and nearly 200 attacks on people, many of those happening in towns and cities.
Doug Leier - North Dakota Game & Fish: "They just go about their business unseen by humans and unknown by people. They might be living in the neighborhood."
Game and Fish doesn't track numbers, but here's proof there are urban coyotes here in Fargo. An attack on a deer was caught on camera at the Fargo Country Club in February of 2011. There are no reports of a coyote attacking a human in Fargo.
Doug Leier: "I walk a lot in the metro and I've seen coyotes out in basically the heart of the Fargo area. I'm more concerned about a stray dog than I am about seeing a coyote."
There is a report of a Dalton, Minnesota man being attacked by a coyote in 2010, but Leier says more often than not, a coyote will turn and run the other way.