Coyote captured after 3 kids reportedly bitten at Arlington city park, rabies test results expected Friday

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Officials say three children were attacked by a coyote in separate incidents at a park in Arlington.

All three children have been treated and released from area hospitals and will receive post-exposure rabies treatment; Parkway Central Park has been shut down until further noticeIn separate incidents between Feb. 10-13, three children were reportedly bitten by a coyote while at a North Arlington park adjacent to an elementary school.

" coyote came up a little knoll and got within about 10 yards from my location. When I deployed the less lethal rounds, the less lethal rounds struck a coyote completely stunned him. He laid back down and we moved in and was able to get the coyote under control," Belisle added. She added that it also had to be euthanized to be tested for rabies, saying that it would be transported to Texas Health and Human Services in Austin to be tested. Test results are expected on Friday. If the coyote is positive for rabies, other coyotes in the area may be captured and euthanized as well.

She said once wildlife biologists determine the area is free of habituated coyotes, the park will be reopened. “If you do spot wildlife, we encourage you to report it on our website so it can be appropriately tracked and addressed with our Animal Services staff,” Daugherty said. NBC 5 asked if animal services would have shut down the park sooner, possibly preventing the third attack that ended up happening the next day.In a previous interview, Woolnough said they didn't post any warning signs about the first coyote attack on Saturday because they thought it was a rare occurrence, and it wouldn't happen, again.

The Arlington Police Department said the victim was a little girl. After Saturday's incident, the city said another child was attacked by a coyote Monday afternoon. City officials said after the first attack, animal services officers patrolled the park and set a trap but were unsuccessful in catching the coyote.

"That closeness of my kids, could be out in the yard at any point, and so I just want to be more cognizant of what is going on," said Rasheen Sinclair.

 

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