Wild Animals Prowl the Suburbs

Two little girls were attacked by coyotes in Rye, New York in the last 8 days, causing concern, bafflement and a full-scale panic in the suburban town.
July 5, 2010, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Coyote attacks are extremely rare in the U.S., with only about 5 a year reported. Rye residents are on high alert, with the police armed and warning kids not to stray more than arm's length from adults.

A professor from Ohio State University that specializes in coyotes says that "some coyote populations near cities had become so used to humans that they had lost their fear of them."

How to survive a coyote attack? Make a lot of noise and climb a tree.

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Published on Friday, July 2, 2010 in The New York Times
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