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Two Palm Desert women bitten by coyotes in 10 days

June 25, 2012 |  3:23 pm

Approximate location of one incident shown in red.

A 69-year-old Palm Desert woman was bitten by a coyote Sunday morning during an early morning walk, the second coyote attack in the area in 10 days.

The woman, who lives in the Del Webb Sun City retirement community, was bitten about 4:30 a.m., treated at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and later released, according to the Riverside County Animal Services agency.

Shortly after the woman was bitten, a state Fish and Game warden shot and killed a coyote inside the retirement community near the site of the attack.

Ten days earlier, another woman, also 69, was bitten by a coyote while she was gardening near the same area, according to John Welsh, spokesman for the county animal services agency. Trappers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture captured the animal, which was later destroyed.

Rabies tests on both coyotes are pending.

Coyote attacks on people are unusual, although they are often seen in neighborhoods near wilderness areas when searching for easy sources of food and water, county and state officials said. The lack of winter rains this year may explain the rise in sightings, they said.

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

Image: Approximate location of one incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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