Boy Wondered If It Was The Easter Bunny That Bit Him

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – A coyote bit and injured a Broomfield boy on Monday night while he was walking with his father and 9-month-old sister.

The attack took place just after 8 p.m. on a path through some open space in the Anthem subdivision in the northern part of Broomfield.

The father reported to animal control officers that the coyote came out of some tall grass and bit his son on his back side, knocking him down.

“All of a sudden I see kind of a flash, just kind of a scurrying, and then an animal running towards him,” the father, who wished not to be identified, told CBS4’s Mike Hooker. “It didn’t register until right when it was there that it was a coyote and it knocked him over. I don’t think my son saw it until it was knocking him over. It bit him in the lower back.”

After the boy screamed and the father hollered the coyote ran back into the grass. Watch Hooker’s report in the video clip below:

The boy, who is 2 1/2, was treated for bite wounds at an urgent care. Doctors gave him rabies shots just in case.

“We do believe this is not normal coyote behavior,” Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks & Wildlife said.

Animal control officers said Tuesday they are searching for the animal in the attack.

“When we need to go remove a coyote from the population we are going to exhibit lethal control. We are actually going to kill that animal,” Churchill said.

The boy’s father said his son was more scared that hurt.

“I don’t think he knew what hit him. He asked me if the Easter Bunny bit him,” he said. “He’s seen rabbits out here all over the place. They’re the same color, that grayish light brown color. I explained to him that it was a coyote.”

The attack won’t stop the family’s evening walks, according to the dad.

“I just want to make people aware. I don’t want people to be scared; I don’t think they should be.”

Coyote attacks on humans are rare in Colorado.

Wildlife officials say that if you see a coyote near you or near your house you should try to scare it away. The goal is to not make coyotes feel safe close to humans.

Comments (6)
  1. HooDatIS? says:

    OMG thank God that coyote sparred thats babys life
    I hope he heals fast

  2. murray says:

    Maybe time to bring back trapping!

  3. AJ says:

    This is what happens when man invades the natural habitat of wild animals. But nobody cares. Just find the coyote and shoot it, right?

  4. Coyote killer says:

    AJ you hit the nail on the head kill them all

  5. K says:

    I don’t live to far from that area and I was walking my dog some time ago in a field, she is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, large one, 95 lbs and not afraid of anything, when we saw 5 coyotes coming across the field. I started to angle away from them, they kept coming. As they got close, they were all eyeing my Ridgeback. They were not scared, the circled us and began to close in. My Ridgeback began to bark and become aggressive. I started to throw rocks at them as we kept a fast pace away. They kept coming and got within about 10 yards. I finally broke and ran with my dog and we were only a short distance from my back gate when the coyotes gave up the chase. I wish I had a gun at that time, I would have shot all five of them. Not a pleasant experience. I do know that coyotes can be aggressive towards humans and people should be careful with them. I did report it to the DOW, but they seemed to not really care much.

  6. Bearcat says:

    There was a place in California where a coyote liked to walk with people who walked their dogs. So a Mexican had his pitbull kill it.

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