ARLINGTON, Mass. — A 5-year-old boy playing in a sandbox in a suburban Boston yard was bitten on the leg by a coyote last weekend, the second time in a week a young child in Massachusetts was attacked by one of the animals.
The boy was bitten in Arlington at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from police and town health officials.
He was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, the statement said.
Authorities, including state environmental police, searched for the coyote but were unable to immediately locate it.
A young child was also bitten by a coyote on a Provincetown beach within the Cape Cod National Seashore last Wednesday evening. That child required treatment at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The coyote was shot and killed by park rangers and tested negative for rabies.