SAN FRANCISCO—An animal that is assumed to be a coyote bit a 2-year-old boy in the parking lot of a park in Moraga. The incident occurred on Thursday, July 9, near public restrooms at Moraga Commons, and “was reported to be a coyote,” according to a public statement by police.

The child was accompanied by a caregiver, but the details of the incident are still unclear and not immediately available. Authorities told the public that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are still investigating the incident, but that child was treated at a local hospital and has been released.

Coyote sightings are a relatively common experience both in Moraga and throughout the Bay Area. Due to the lack of human presence caused by the pandemic, reports of coyote sightings over the past few months have increased.

As a result of these sightings, coyote warning signs have been posted around the city, which list reminders to the public to keep pets and children close, not to aggravate or run from a coyote, and to report aggressive or brazen coyotes to animal control or the local police department.