A coyote bit a woman on Tennessee Beach in the Marin Headlands this week, reports the Marin Independent Journal.
The woman reportedly told park rangers that the animal was acting aggressively as it approached her Tuesday afternoon. After the bite she walked the 1.7-mile trail back to Tennessee Valley Road and drove to a hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.
Coyote sightings are on the rise in 2020, after being seen on the empty streets of San Francisco, howling in North Beach and even on rooftops.
The National Park Service has voiced concerns that people feeding wild coyotes is leading to the animals learning to associate humans with food, and then exhibiting aggressive behavior.
“Coyotes are key predators in park ecosystems. People feeding them erodes visitor and coyote safety,” a statement on their website reads. “Food-conditioned coyotes also spend more time along roads, increasing their chances of being hit by cars.”
Park officials are attempting to collect a sample of the coyote’s DNA using a piece of the woman’s clothing, park service spokesman Charles Strickfaden told the Journal. The DNA will be then used to identify and track the animal with a GPS collar as part of a new program that aims to address the growing problem.
The Humane Society advises yelling, making loud noises and waving your arms if approached by a coyote.
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