6-Year-Old Attacked by Coyote

Saturday, Jun 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 PM EDT
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6-Year-Old Attacked by Coyote

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Coyotes are on the attack.

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A 6-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote outside her house in Rye, the commissioner's office said this morning.

The attack happened in the Glenn Oaks area. The child is expected to recover. No further information or details on the extent of her injuries were immediately available.

The Rye Commissioner's Office planned a news conference this afternoon to discuss the attack.

This isn't the first coyote sighting in Rye. In April, a coyote attacked and killed an 80-year-old woman's beloved miniature poodle.

Westchester is teeming with the mangy mutts, and as overcrowding, exacerbated by an imminent birthing season, pushes coyotes to seek less densely populated homes, some may seek refuge in the city, experts say. But the lack of habitat in big city environments could push them onto the streets and into city parks.

Coyotes took Manhattan four times this year, wreaking havoc in Tribeca, commandeering Chelsea and sending Columbia students racing to their dorms in fear of the carnivorous canines spotted prowling around campus grounds.

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