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August 3, 2013

Coyotes bite, drag toddler

CYPRESS, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl was bitten and dragged by a coyote at Southern California cemetery on July 25.

Published reports say Klarissa Barrera, Long Beach, was given a rabies shot and treated for a 2 1/2-inch gash on her calf.

She was attacked 10 feet from her mother as the family visited a relative’s grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress.

Michelle Luper says the coyote bit her daughter on the back and dragged her toward some bushes. Luper says she screamed and lunged and the coyote let go.

State wildlife officials later shot and killed three coyotes at the cemetery.

Experts say coyote attacks on people are rare and this was the first reported in Orange County this year.

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