Coyote bites girl at Scottsdale park

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The coyote was apparently under the slide when it bit the girl. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The coyote was apparently under the slide when it bit the girl. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Officers and Arizona Game and Fish Department workers looked for the coyote in the park and behind an apartment complex. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Officers and Arizona Game and Fish Department workers looked for the coyote in the park and behind an apartment complex. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police said the girl was near the playground at Thompson Peak Park when she was bitten. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police said the girl was near the playground at Thompson Peak Park when she was bitten. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 5-year-old girl is doing OK after she was bitten by a coyote at a park in Scottsdale Tuesday evening. 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said the girl was at the playground at Thompson Peak Park when she was bitten on her leg. Her mom said the coyote was hiding under the slide.

The girl apparently sat down on the slide with a granola bar in her hand and the coyote likely went after that.

The girl was driven to the hospital. She did not end up needing stitches but did get a rabies shot, according to Game and Fish.

She was with her two younger siblings and her mom.

But as the family tried to get away, the coyote actually chased after them. Once inside the car, the mother was able to take a photo of the coyote.

"Luckily, the mother was there. She was watching over her kids. She did the right thing, everybody got away," said Amy Burnett, Information Education Manager with Game and Fish.

Officers with Game and Fish as well as a contract company they use looked for the coyote in wash area next to the park and behind an apartment complex.

Two coyotes were later found in the area and killed. They were both sent off to a lab for rabies testing and both came back negative, Game and Fish said.

Game and Fish are no longer looking for additional coyotes in the area.

Officials said they are reasonably sure the offending animal was one that was removed based on proximity to the bite location, time of removal and descriptions of coyotes frequenting the park area obtained from Game and Fish interviews with residents.

Neighbors said they see coyotes around the area a lot and have even spotted people feeding them. Game and Fish thinks this coyote had become used to people, which isn't a good thing.

"It's very possible that this coyote had been fed by the neighbors and it got really accustomed to people and really familiar with people," Burnett said, adding, "what people can do to help is to make themselves really big, make a lot of noise when they do see coyotes and scare them away."

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