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Coyote leads Chicago officers on wild chase, believed to be animal that attacked two people

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Tim Balk
New York Daily News

A churlish coyote has reportedly been biting Chicagoans, but animal control said it might have snagged the culprit Thursday.

An injured coyote was scooped Thursday evening in northwest Chicago, officials said, after a 32-year-old man and a 6-year-old boy reported attacks this week. Chicago Animal Care and Control said investigators took down the suspect with a tranquilizer dart and moved it to an animal rehab center.

But DNA testing and evaluation to confirm if the captured canine is guilty could take a few weeks to come back, animal control said in a Facebook post. Meantime, patrols will keep their eyes peeled for coyote sightings in the city.

The boy was bitten in the head outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park on Wednesday, about a mile and a half from where animal control went to work Thursday. And the man said he was bit in the butt on a street in Chicago’s swanky Gold Coast on Wednesday evening about two and a half miles from the Thursday capture.

The three events create a triangle when charted on a map of Chicago’s near north side.

The biting of the boy was thought to be the first coyote attack in a decade or longer, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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