Coyote Sighting Prompts Lockdown Of Two Lincoln Park Schools

Lincoln Park High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a coyote was spotted nearby.
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago says the coyote attack on a 6-year-old boy Wednesday in Lincoln Park is the first reported coyote attack on a human in the city in decades.

The director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Kelley Gandurski, on Thursday said crews are out trying to find the coyote because it attacked a person. In a separate incident Wednesday evening, a 32-year-old man said he was nipped by a coyote in the 700 block of North Fairbanks Court.

Speaking about the earlier attack on the child, Gandurski said the boy was with his caretaker and walking on a path outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

"The caretaker said she was kicking the coyote and yelling really loudly, screaming the entire time,” she said.

The boy is "in good spirits” and still at the hospital. Officials have said he had lacerations to the head.

More recently, authorities have responded to a coyote sighting at Oz Park, Gandurski said. Neighboring Lincoln Park High School was placed on lockdown for awhile.

A junior there, Elena Serafini, said students couldn't walk between buildings to change classes.

"We missed some valuable time to learn, but I feel like overall, safety is the number-one priority."

Animal Control and Chicago Police remained at the campus.