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UPDATE: Coyotes snatch dog, confront person at Valencia park

Posted: May 10, 2013 10:16 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2013 7:04 p.m.
A common Southern California coyote. A common Southern California coyote.
A common Southern California coyote.

A coyote snatched a dog from a girl’s arms in Valencia Summit Park, where sheriff’s deputies and animal control workers responded Friday on a report of a jogger chased by a coyote, officials confirmed.

“Apparently they found a coyote that people are telling us is aggressive,” said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We went out there and animal control was called.”

The report of a coyote chasing a jogger at Summit Park came in about 8 a.m. Friday. A man walking two large dogs reportedly came to the woman’s aid and chased off the coyote, investigators said. No one was hurt.

The incidents follow an attack Tuesday at the same park in which a coyote grabbed and killed a dog being walked on a leash held by a 6-year-old girl, said Evelina Villa, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

“A coyote picked up a dog took off with it,” said Villa, who was busy this week following up on a mountain lion sighting near the Santa Clarita Valley and Thursday’s pit bull mauling in Littlerock.

She said she was called by a woman Tuesday who witnessed the coyote attack in the park between Arroyo Park Drive and Del Monte Drive in Valencia.

Marcie Malcoly said she was at the “back end” of the park, opposite the play structures, when she witnessed the coyote attack.

“The little girl with her mother was holding the leash and the coyote came right up to them. It dashed out and the woman repelled it but the coyote ran around the other side and snatched the dog,” she said.

“The little girl started screaming and three people started running to help but it was over so fast,” she said.

The coyote took the dog — described as a “little terrier mix” — into bushes by the park, Malcoly said.

“They’re out of hand right now,” she said about the coyotes.

Villa said Tuesday’s dog-killing was the first of two coyote reports she had received since Tuesday.

“Two days later, we got another call of a coyote in the (same) park,” Villa said.

“We did patrol that area and contacted fish and game,” she said, referring to the agency now called the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
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