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Coyote traps set up in Laguna Woods after woman and pets are attacked

June 2, 2011 |  5:31 pm

Animal service officers in Laguna Woods are setting traps for coyotes after several recent incidents in which pets were attacked and a woman was bit, officials said Thursday.

The South Orange County city has been experiencing an unusual amount of activity with coyotes roaming in residential areas, said Jim Beres, civilian supervisor with the Laguna Beach Police Department. The department provides animal-control services to neighboring Laguna Woods.

"They're being much more aggressive and bold," Beres told The Times.

He said the woman was bit in the hand on May 21 when her dog was attacked by a coyote in the 700 block of Avenida Majorca. The animal first bit the dog and then snapped at the woman as she pulled her pet away, Beres said.

A number of traps have been set across the city as officials hope to lure the animals, which live in nearby brushy areas. "We have many traps set up right now," Beres said.

Anyone seeking more information or wanting to report a coyote sighting is asked to call the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701.

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