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.
Yooooo helll nawww I just heard gun shots and I am in my class! Tf Csula. Wtf is going on I am shitting balls.
— big kanye (@yash07_23) 15 March 2018
Police with rifles and helicopters at CSULA, whats going on?
— Cara Gonzales (@carargonzales) 15 March 2018
LAPD being extra af at CSULA rn lol
They have 3 helicopters looking for coyotes in University Hills and cops surrounding the campus w riffles 💀
— irene 🤘🏽 (@ireeene_z) 15 March 2018
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.