A coyote attacks a child outside a home in Woodland Hills, California

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Security video shows a coyote attacking a child outside a Woodland Hills home before his father chases him away in California.

Screenshot from KNBC video

A California father’s quick reaction saved his young daughter from being dragged by a coyote on the sidewalk outside their home, security video shows.

Ariel Eliyahuo collected his daughter’s toys from his SUV while she played on the sidewalk after arriving home from her preschool on Friday, Dec. 2, in Woodland Hills, he told KTLA.

“I heard her scream and crying and I thought she fell and I saw there was a coyote,” Eliyahuo told KNBC.

Video released by KNBC and other Los Angeles TV stations shows the coyote dragging the young girl by the leg on the sidewalk.

Eliyahuo darts around the SUV and lunges at the animal, causing it to drop her daughter and walk away, the video shows. He picks her up and hurls the water bottle at the fleeing coyote.

“I saw her pants covered in blood,” mom Shira Eliyahuo, who ran out of the house to help, told KNBC.

According to KTLA, the girl was treated at the hospital for scratches on her legs and given a rabies shot.

Wildlife officials will be there try to collect DNA by the girl’s clothing to identify the coyote, KTTV reported.

“It’s a coyote became a serious problem on that street for weeks,” Patrick Foy, public information captain for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, told the Los Angeles Times.

“We’ve been talking about this since there were previous reports that the coyote could be a threat to pets,” Foy told the publication.

He said there have been seven reported coyote attacks on humans in Los Angeles County this year. If the coyote that attacked the baby is found, it will be euthanized.

Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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