National Parks Service Reports Coyote Death After it Attacked 3-Year-Old Girl on Cape Cod Beach

by Madison Miller

A coyote that attacked a young girl has now been killed by the National Parks Service.

A 3-year-old girl was at the Cape Cod National Seashore when the coyote approached her. It attacked at around 8:30 p.m. ET and then retreated out of sight. The young girl luckily has “non-life-threatening injuries.”

She was taken to the Cape Cod Hospital directly after the coyote attack to be treated by medical professionals.

Rangers Kill Coyote from Cape Cod Attack

Following the incident, NPS rangers then identified the specific coyote responsible for the aggressive attack. It was shot dead and the rangers then tested the animal for rabies. It came back negative.

According to a release from NPS, this attack is no surprise, given the recent increase of reports regarding coyote aggression toward humans around Provincetown, Massachusetts. It all comes down to one common variable — people have decided it’s acceptable to feed the wildlife

“This behavior starts with people feeding the coyotes intentionally by leaving food out, or inadvertently by not removing food scraps and packaging from the beach. This leads to the animals becoming habituated and bold in attempts to obtain food. When wild animals lose their fear of people, they behave unpredictably and aggressively, resulting in injuries to people and a sad ending for the habituated animal,” the agency said in the report.

More people have started feeding the animals at the beach, so the coyotes are losing the fear of people and gaining an aggressive desire for the food they’re dishing out. Unfortunately, this is all ending poorly for the wild animals. Many times, they are killed following an aggressive attack.

NPS left people with the very important message: “Keep wildlife wild.”

New York Woman Fights Off Animal

It has become a common occurrence for people to fight off wildlife exceptionally eager for food.

A woman from New York made headlines when she epically fought off a coyote for 10 minutes while she was hiking Race Point Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Marcy Sterlis used a stick to her advantage, allowing her to leave the attack uninjured. “I just got up and I started screaming and pushing at him with the stick. I was in a battle with this coyote for about 10 minutes… That coyote was not giving up,” she said to WHDH regarding the incident.

Luckily, a fisherman named Andrew DeCarton and a boat captain named William Kelley were close by and came to her rescue. The coyote approached her as she was leaving the water and would not leave her alone. At one point it was a mere foot from her. DeCarton slapped an oar on the side of the boat, which helped to get the animal to eventually flee.

She walked away uninjured, but it was another example of how urgent of an issue it is to leave wildlife alone and do not feed or approach animals.