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Coyote killed after attacking little girl

MANZANITA, Ore., June 26 (UPI) -- Oregon Parks and Recreation officials said they are confident a coyote suspected of attacking a 5-year-old girl in Nehalem Bay State Park was killed.

Officials set traps and used animal calls to track the coyote, The Oregonian reported. When the animal was in range, one of the officials shot and killed it during the weekend. Officials confirmed the identity of the coyote with a photograph taken by a visitor who had a run-in with the animal Thursday.

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"This one animal was unusually aggressive," spokesman for Oregon Parks and Recreation Chris Havel said. "Normally, coyotes go after mice or rabbits, nothing larger. This one wasn't hunting."

The coyote attacked Sadie Couch Thursday evening as she and her parents were walking along the beach. The coyote bit the stick the little girl was carrying, then bit her feet and scraped her back.

She was taken to a Portland hospital for a vaccine and precautionary rabies shots.

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