Police Shoot at Coyote after It Bites a Small Child on CSULA, Search Still Continues

Campus police at California State University, Los Angeles, shot at a coyote after it bit a five-year-old boy and attacked a woman on Wednesday (March 14) night. The boy was taken to a hospital and is reportedly okay. Traps have been set up on campus to capture the coyote as students report several sightings.

Students and neighbors at University Hills, California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), were startled when they suddenly heard the sound of gunshots followed by howling on campus. They were wondering what was going on, and some immediately took to social media to express their concerns.

Coyote Bites Boy

A coyote bit a five-year-old child, who was on a soccer field with his family, in the leg at about 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

An hour later, a coyote —presumed to be the same one— aggressively approached a woman who screamed. Nearby campus police spotted the coyote and followed it up a hill.

Shot Fired at Coyote

Campus police then fired at the coyote after it bit the boy. According to the LAPD, the college officer fired his gun at the coyote at around 8:15 p.m. The LAPD are assisting in the investigation. Authorities believed that the coyote was struck, but managed to run away.

According to university spokesman Robert Lopez, the child’s family took him to a health facility, but his condition was unclear. The latest news on the boy is that he is expected to recover.

LAPD officers arrived at the scene shortly after 8:00 p.m. after receiving a call. Earlier, they identified the victim as a student, but the matter was soon cleared up.

There was a heavy police presence on the campus which had students wondering what happened.

Traps Laid out to Capture Coyotes

Traps were set up around the campus by animal control officers to capture the coyote or any others that may be in the area. Students said that they saw at least three coyotes on campus. They reported hearing multiple gunshots, even though authorities maintain that only one shot was fired.

Campus under Fear

Student Jay San Luis said, “I was walking up to my car, and then I see a coyote…that was the first time I ever saw one.” While the situation seemed to be under control at the moment, nobody can step out on campus as the coyotes are still a dangerous presence there.