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Captured! Coyote Suspected In Attack On Young Boy Nabbed

The agency is waiting on a DNA test to confirm the injured coyote is the one that bit a boy's head, an alderman said.

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LINCOLN PARK — The coyote believed to have attacked a man and child this week was captured by Animal Care And Control inspectors late Thursday in Lincoln Park.

Inspectors responded to a call of an injured coyote in the 1700 block of North Dayton Street. Once finding the coyote, they darted it with a tranquilizer and transported it to Animal Control for evaluation, officials said.

The coyote was taken to a local rehabilitation center, where it will be evaluated and have DNA testing done to confirm whether it’s the same animal who bit a 6-year-old boy Wednesday near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, according to Animal Control. Testing will take several weeks.

Animal Control teams will continue to “aggressively patrol the area in response to any potential coyote sightings,” according to the agency.

Preliminary indications “strongly suggest” the injured animal captured was the one involved in the attack on the child in Lincoln Park and a man in Streeterville, according to Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd).

“Waiting for DNA test results to confirm,” he tweeted.

On Wednesday, a 6-year-old boy and a 32-year-old man were injured in separate, extremely rare coyote attacks on the Near North Side.

The boy was bitten in his head at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, and the man was later bitten on his butt in the 700 block of North Fairbanks Court.

In addition to the two attacks on people, this week has included one attack on a dog, one harbor rescue of a water-logged coyote and multiple other sightings.

A sighting at Oz Park Thursday morning even led to Lincoln Park High School temporarily going on lockdown so students wouldn’t have to venture outside between classes.