Young girl bitten by coyote at Scottsdale park taken to the hospital

Posted at 9:01 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 19:02:02-04

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says a young girl was bitten by a coyote at a park in Scottsdale on Tuesday.

The 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital and had to get rabies shots but is expected to be OK.

The incident happened at the Thompson Peak Park near Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway.

Arizona Game and Fish says people had known the coyote was in the park, and that several people were feeding it before the girl was bitten. The girl reportedly had sat down on a slide with a granola bar, while the coyote was underneath.

After biting the girl, the coyote chased her and family members until they were able to get into their car.

Game and Fish says one coyote was located and put down on Tuesday and another one put down on Wednesday.

Officials believe one of the two coyotes was the one that bit the child.

Testing was done on both coyotes for rabies, but both came back negative.

Game and Fish said their behavior only exhibits that of a wild animal that has been fed by humans.

They say this is a strong reminder for the public to please not feed wildlife in the area, for the safety of everyone involved.