A coyote that has attacked both grown men and children and eluded traps has spawned a massive, 24-hour search in the East Bay suburb of Moraga.
The attacks started last summer. In each case, the apparently fearless coyote approached unsuspecting people and bit them before running off. All the victims recovered from their puncture wounds, and DNA has linked the attacks to a single coyote.

A woman whose 3-year-old daughter was bitten here last week said the animal retreated when she waved a blanket and shouted at it, only to keep drawing near again. The woman was pushing a stroller with her daughter at her side when the coyote approached. It finally fled.
Authorities reassured residents on Tuesday that they would catch the elusive coyote.

“Multiple trapping lines are in place, and there is a 24-hour effort to remove this animal," read an emailed alert from the Moraga Police Department. latimes.com/california/sto…

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