BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) – State wildlife officials have killed seven coyotes in Broomfield in the past two weeks following attacks on children.

The Boulder Daily Camera Saturday reports a total of nine coyotes have been killed since July. State Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says wildlife officers will stop patrols and return if there are more reports of aggressive coyotes.

Recent attacks include boys ages 6 and 2 being bitten in separate incidents in July and August. Both were on walks with their father. A mother was able to scare away a coyote that threatened her 4-year-old boy who was playing in the front yard.

Broomfield officials are also trimming tall grass from along trails to remove hiding places and shooting coyotes with paintball guns to make them wary of human contact.

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