A 2-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being attacked by a coyote one morning in northeast Dallas, police said.
The coyote attacked the child while he was sitting on the front porch. A police officer later discovered the animal at a nearby park and fired his weapon at it. The coyote then fled into the woods.
The attack left the boy in critical condition. Dallas police and the Game Warden are actively searching for the coyote. They have asked those in the neighborhood to call 911 should they find the animal.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, coyotes are typically wary of humans but can become accustomed to them, especially if they are fed.
“Since any wild animal that has no fear of humans can become dangerous, it is important to not feed them at all. Don’t leave pet food out overnight, secure lids to garbage cans and keep small pets inside unless supervised. They do not normally pose a threat to livestock, however hungry coyotes may occasionally take small domestic animals or poultry,” Texas Parks and Wildlife wrote on its website.