CYPRESS, Calif. (July 23, 2013)--A 2-year-old girl was recovering after a coyote big and dragged her a cemetery in Southern California where she and her mother were visiting a grave.
Klarissa Barrera, of Long Beach, Calif., was treated for a 2 1/2-inch gash on her calf and given a rabies shot, officials said.
She was about 10 feet away from her mother last Thursday during the visit to a relative's grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, Calif.
Michelle Luper said the coyote bit her daughter on the back and dragged her toward some bushes.
Luper said she screamed and lunged, and the coyote let go of the girl.
State wildfire officials later shot and killed three coyotes at the cemetery.
Experts say coyote attacks on people are rare and this was the first reported in Orange County this year.