Manzanita OR - Federal and state wildlife officials believe they have successfully removed an unusually aggressive coyote from Nehalem Bay State Park.
A family walking back to their campsite from the beach Thursday evening, June 21, encountered an aggressive coyote while on a park path. A five year old female was injured. She was treated at a local hospital and released. After the incident, three other visitors reported encounters with an aggressive coyote earlier the same evening, though none resulted in an injury.
Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife joined state park staff at the site Thursday evening to investigate. They were unable to locate the animal that night, but met again the next morning to create a plan to find and remove the aggressive coyote from the park in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. Four USDA Wildlife Services Agents arrived Friday and identified an area of the park where coyotes were likely living. They set live traps and snares, and used imitation calls to attract coyotes. One 20-pound adult coyote responded to the call and was safely taken from the park by lethal means. A park visitor involved in one of the other coyote incidents from June 21 managed to take a photo of the aggressive animal, and it strongly resembles the coyote removed by the Wildlife Services Agents. No other coyotes were removed from the park.
Oregon State University will conduct a necropsy on the coyote, including testing for evidence of disease and other ailments.
The four agencies--Oregon State Police, USDA Wildlife Services, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department--will continue to monitor animal behavior in the park and act to protect public safety if the aggressive behavior from coyotes occur. OPRD reminds visitors that parks are natural places, and to keep pets leashed, refrain from feeding animals, maintain a clean campsite, and promptly report all aggressive animal behavior to park staff.