Suspected coyote attack on 7-year-old girl under investigation in SW Portland

Bite injury to 7-year-old girl's leg after a suspected coyote attack in southwest Portland. (Photo provided by Sarah Cusick) (KPTV) 

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A suspected coyote attack on a 7-year-old girl is under investigation in southwest Portland.

The girl’s mother, Sarah Cusick, told FOX 12 the attack happened in their driveway off Scholls Ferry Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Cusick shared photos of her daughter’s injuries.

“The coyote was watching her, so she stopped and stayed still and then started to move toward the house, while she kept an eye on the coyote and it ran at her, jumped up on her, tried to knock her down,” Cusick said. “You know, it was jumping and nipping and finally bit her on the leg and ran away.”

Multnomah County Animal Services on Friday reported their investigators have “strong reasons to believe” a coyote bit the girl. The case is now being referred to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The girl is receiving treatment for possible rabies.

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