Authorities in Chicago are investigating two incidents in which a boy and a man were reportedly attacked by coyotes this week.
In the first incident, a 6-year-old boy was allegedly attacked by the animal at about 4 p.m. outside the Peggy Notebaert Museum in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Another incident involved a man who walked into the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a scratch on his behind. The man told police that he was bitten by a coyote.
The boy and the man sustained non-life threatening injuries in the alleged attacks.
According to Chicago Animal Care and Control, officials were confident that the animal that attacked the boy was a coyote. The officials did not, however, confirm the man’s allegations.
Coyotes have been sighted several times in Chicago. On Thursday, Lincoln Park High school and Lincoln Elementary were temporarily put on soft lockdown after a coyote sighting.
Chris Anchor of Forest Preserve District of Cook County, said coyotes don’t just reside in parks and nature preserves but also in nooks and crannies around the city.
City and county animal control workers, together with police and other agencies are looking for the coyote that attacked the boy.