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Mother and Young Child Attacked by Coyote in New Jersey Park

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  • A mother and her 4-year-old son were attacked by a coyote as they walked in a New Jersey park Thursday evening, police say

  • The mother and son were attacked by the animal inside the Fairfield Recreational Complex, with the animal biting both victims

  • A police officer was later forced to shoot and kill he critter when it began to approach the officer aggressively

A mother and her 4-year-old son were attacked by a coyote as they walked in a New Jersey park Thursday evening, police say.

The mother and son were attacked by the animal inside the Fairfield Recreational Complex on Hollywood Avenue in Fairfield.

The 37-year-old mother was pushing her toddler son in a stroller just before 7 p.m. in between tennis courts and the park's pool, near a wooded area, police said. Another person at the park alerted the mother that the coyote was following directly behind her, and when the mom turned to see, the critter lunged at her. She fell to the ground and the stroller came toppling down with her, as the coyote bit her on the leg, according to cops.

The coyote then went after the small child, chomping down on his leg before going back after the mother, who had gotten back up to get the stroller upright. The animal then took off into the woods, police said.

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Both victims were brought to the hospital for treatment.

Officials were forced to close the park Thursday evening, as they investigated the incidents. The New Jersey Conservation Department, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Associated Humane were all asked to help police find the coyote.

Fairfield Police said they searched the area for the coyote, finding it walking along a fence line. The critter began to approach the officer aggressively, forcing the officer to open fire and kill it. The Associated Humane Society took the carcass to test it for rabies.

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