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Attack Prompts Warning from Police

A teen bit by a possible stray dog or coyote in the area of 86th Parkway and Simms Street over the weekend is prompting Arvada police to issue a warning to residents living in the area.

A 16-year-old girl was walking her heeler mix when either a mangy-looking dog or coyote approached her and bit her on the forearm.

The teen’s dog attacked the animal that bit the girl, causing it to release the bite and run from the area.

The animal that bit the teen is described as a as medium sized, light brown and grayish in color, very thin and had a bushy tail.

Arvada’s Animal Management Officers are working with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to further investigate this incident and to post coyote awareness signs in the area.

It’s important to note this IS NOT a confirmed coyote attack.

While these instances can happen, it is very rare for a coyote to attack a person.

Animal Management Officers are working to identify the animal that bit the teen to confirm its origin.

Here are general coyote awareness tips if one crosses your path: ·

  • Be as big and loud as possible
  • Wave your arms, clap and throw objects at the coyote
  • Shout in a loud and authoritative voice
  • Carry a whistle
  • Do not run or turn your back on the coyote
  • Face the coyote and back away slowly