3-year-old girl mauled by coyote in Irvine

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A 3-year-old girl walking with her sister and mother was attacked from behind by a coyote Friday at a park in Irvine. (Ginna McKenna)

A 3-year-old girl walking with her sister and mother was attacked from behind by a coyote Friday at a park in Irvine.

The girl was bitten in the neck shortly before 6 p.m. at Silverado Park at Silverado and Equinox.

Ginna McKenna heard screams and ran over to help.

"I ran across the park," McKenna said. "They said that the coyote charged the little girl. They were two twins and they were playing and supposedly it went after one girl."

The girl was taken to a hospital and was released hours later with minor injuries.

California Department Fish and Wildlife officials responded, but the coyote took off and remained at large.
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