South Austin boy possibly attacked by a coyote

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Cook County authorities revealed Thursday that they are unsure if coyotes are to blame for an attack on a South Austin boy near Columbus Park on Madison and Mayfield.

Emeil Hawkins, 3, suffered bite wounds to his face in late October. The boy's mother and her boyfriend thought that the animal was a German Shepard. Hawkins attempted to feed the animal, but was attacked.

Judy Wang reports on WGN News

CBS Chicago reports that since the incident four coyotes in the area have been captured by Cook County Animal and Rabies Control, tested for rabies—the coyotes tested negative—and were later euthanized.

Hawkins has been treated and is recovering from his wounds.

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Posted: November 18th, 2013 2:38 AM

In order to test an animal for rabies the animal needs to be euthanized and the head is removed and sent out by the cook county infectious disease lab. Also, WHY was this child around those dogs anyways? I doubt a coyote did that. Likely a ferral mix

joe from south oak park  

Posted: November 17th, 2013 9:33 PM

it occurred around 3pm. Also, per the video, "doctors treating the child say this is definitely not a dog bite". I spent a good part of my youth hunting coyotes for the bounty paid by local farmers. you really can't tell the difference between a coyote bite and that of a feral dog. that said, the best insurance policy is to put any feral animals you can capture in the area down to prevent future attacks. Also, don't let a toddler try and feed any strange dog. if you do the kid will get bit.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 16th, 2013 10:51 AM

What the hell?! If the coyotes tested negative, why did they kill them? Asshats! I have seen a coyote in RF in broad daylight. Also at night but that is to be expected. In the former instance, I also thought it was a loose German Shepard at first until I got up closer and realized that its body was weird (lower to the ground compared to a dog). What time was the attack near Columbus Park? The article is scant on details and I cannot watch the video at the moment...

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