MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – A small child was bitten by a coyote, the second such attack in this town in less than two months, authorities said.
The 5-year-old boy was bitten Monday evening while walking in the street near his home with his 8-year-old sister, Township Administrator Robert Czech said. The animal ran off when the girl screamed.
The boy, whose name wasn't released, suffered injuries to his face and back of his head requiring several stitches, police Lt. John McGuire said. He was treated and released at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.
The attack came less than seven weeks after police said a coyote grabbed a toddler who was playing in the back yard April 6. Relatives chased the animal away, and efforts to catch it turned up nothing. The 22-month-old boy, Liam Sadler, had to undergo rabies shots.
Soon after Monday's attack, a coyote was spotted in the same housing development. Police fired a shot and the animal appeared to twitch, but a search found neither a carcass nor a blood trail.
Police reported no new developments Tuesday, but the state Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife was notified and was expected to set traps.
Both attacks were near Naval Weapons Station Earle, and Navy personnel were participating in the search.
Residents have reported numerous coyote sightings in recent weeks, and several pets in the area have been killed recently, authorities said.
The town is about 40 miles southwest of New York City.