Mother of a 2-year-old boy bitten by a wolf in April Sues Huntington Beach - NBC Los Angeles

Mother of a 2-year-old boy bitten by a wolf in April Sues Huntington Beach – NBC Los Angeles

A mother is suing the city of Huntington Beach, after her two-year-old daughter was attacked and seriously injured by a wolf near Huntington Beach Pier in April of this year.

In a written statement to Thursday’s news conference, Thacker said Brian Thacker made the allegations because the attack came after “years of concern and protest to address the ongoing problem” of increasing coyote encounters.

“Officials emphasized that there is not much that needs to be done,” the statement said. “However, animal control officials have acknowledged that coyotes are becoming habitual and drawn to the area.”

On April 28, Thacker’s daughter with two other women and a young child were sitting near the waves when she wandered “a few feet” and was attacked, said Capt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A young girl who was visiting Huntington Beach with her family was attacked by a wolf. Jonathan Gonzalez reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on April 29, 2022.

Surfline.com’s CCTV video captured the attack, which shows a wolf running towards the girl and throwing her onto the sand. The wolf appears to pounce on the girl for several seconds before her scream alerts the nearby adults and the animal escapes.

Foy said a dead wolf was later found on a beach about a mile north of the pier on Friday morning while another wolf was seen on Friday afternoon under a trailer and disposed of.

Thacker’s daughter survived the attack.

Shortly after the attack on Thacker’s daughter, contestants told NBC4 that sightings of coyotes in the area were common.

According to her statement, Thacker’s lawsuit hopes to “highlight” the city’s failure to prevent coyote population growth, and how it failed to protect citizens from attacks.

When the city of Huntington Beach was asked to comment on the lawsuit, it provided the following statement:

“The City of Huntington Beach is unable to comment on legal matters but can confirm receipt of the claim submitted in connection with the April 28, 2022 incident.”

Coyotes are found almost everywhere in California, including cities, and authorities have a long warned Young children and pets are at risk. They are highly adaptable animals that have learned to live comfortably in many environments, including around humans. Wildlife experts say we’ve played a part by leaving food and litter outside for an inviting meal.

Coyotes are usually shy and try to avoid humans. They primarily hunt rodents, and help keep this group in check, but they won’t overlook an easy snack.

Here is a list of coyote precautions from California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Never feed or attempt to tame a coyote. The result may be fatal conflicts with pets or livestock, or serious injuries to young children.
  • Never leave young children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Prune shrubs at ground level to reduce hiding places.
  • Know that wolves are most active in the spring when feeding and protecting their young.
  • If a wolf follows him, make loud noises. If that fails, throw stones in the direction of the animal.
  • If a coyote attacks someone, immediately contact the nearest fish and wildlife department or law enforcement office.
  • Place trash in tightly closed containers that cannot be turned over.
  • Remove water sources, especially in dry climates.
  • Bring pets at night, and never leave pet food outside.
  • Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other wolf prey.
  • Providing safe pens for rabbits, poultry and other livestock.
  • Pick up the fallen fruit and cover the compost piles.
  • Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.

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