Arlington Police report on the attack yesterday afternoon on Cutter Hill Road:
At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, Arlington Police responded to Cutter Hill Road for a report of a child bitten by a coyote. The 5-year-old male had been playing in a sandbox when he was approached and bitten on the leg by a coyote. The boy suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
He was later taken by family to an area hospital for evaluation.
Police say they and officers from state Environmental Police searched the area to no avail.
Police offered some tips, including not leaving food - and that includes small pets - outside but actually spending more time outside, at least for adults:
Coyotes generally try to avoid humans, and their natural fear is reinforced when play areas, back yards and trails are actively used by people. The regular presence of people is a deterrent for coyotes to visit.
Should one show up anyway, police say, haze the beast: Approach it while making loud noises - but take care to give it a way to escape.
Hazing should be exaggerated, assertive and consistent.
But lay off the hazing during breeding season:
Hazing should be avoided in the months of March through July, as well as if the coyote is a comfortable distance away, or if you encounter a coyote in an open area where a den may be nearby. You should haze a coyote if it approaches you, or if you see it comfortably walking in a neighborhood or park.