Public park closed after possible coyote attacks

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A public park is shut down in Worth after four people bitten by an animal. (WLS)

A public park in Worth was shut down for the second time after four people were bitten by an animal on the park grounds.

Some people in Worth believe a coyote is responsible for the attacks at Harry Bus Yourell Park, which started in April. The Mayor of Worth said four people have been treated for rabies as a precaution.

Sandy Rumoro's grandson had to get rabies shots after a coyote bit his leg in the park. She said she has always seen coyotes in the area, but she was never scared until the attack.

"I was trying to paint my fence and now I'm afraid to be out in the alley because I know they hang out in the alley too," Rumoro said.

The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control director said a wildlife expert has found no evidence of coyotes, only dogs, but they are continuing to monitor the area.

Some who work and live nearby said they have seen coyotes and the animals usually keep their distance.

One person who works close by said he witnessed children taunting an animal by throwing food and shooting a bb gun at it right before an attack.

As experts continue to investigate the cause of these attacks, the park will remain closed to the public.
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