Coyote nips girl at Oregon state park at Nehalem

NEHALEM, Ore. — A 5-year-old Ocean City girl is undergoing a series of rabies shots after she was bitten by a coyote while walking with her family through the dunes at Nehalem Bay State Park.

The girl’s mother told KATU-TV that the family was returning from the beach to its campsite Thursday evening after watching the sun set. The girl was dragging a stick in the sand when the coyote approached from behind and grabbed at it.

The animal then nipped the girl’s back, breaking the skin. The animal fled when the family started screaming.

The girl was treated at Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside. The park posted warning signs around the campground.

Chris Havel of the Oregon parks department says it would be the first coyote attack in state park history.

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