Apple Valley Woman Bitten By Coyote While Jogging

October 20, 2017 10:12 PM

An Apple Valley woman was injured Friday morning after a coyote or dog bit her in the face.

Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel said officers were called to Cedar Island Park around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

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Upon arrival, they found a woman whose face was bleeding. She said that while she was jogging with her husband, she was bitten by what she described as a coyote.

She told officers she had just reached a bridge when she came face-to-face with the animal.

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"It came running across the bridge very quickly, and as it passed them, it jumped up and bit the woman in the face," Rechtzigel said.

Rechtzigel said the department has consulted both the Department of Natural Resources and the Humane Society.

"The assessment we have is this is a good chance this was a coyote," he said. "(We) cannot rule out it could have been a domestic dog, but (it) was most likely a coyote based on the behavior."

Rechtzigel said it is common to see coyotes within Apple Valley.

Scott Groves said he was out for a walk when he saw officers and paramedics helping the woman. Groves said he was not at all surprised by the possible coyote sightings.

"I think we've taken their home, and now they're in our neighborhoods," he said.

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