A coyote mauled a 4-year-old girl as she played in the snow Monday near a ski resort where she was vacationing with her family.
Lauren Bridges was hospitalized in stable condition with deep cuts to her face. She was saved by her father, who heard the girl’s screams.
“The coyote was on top of her, ripping at her neck,” Steve Bridges said. “I grabbed the coyote by the back of the neck and pulled it off. She was covered in blood.”
Bridges said he beat the 40-pound coyote several times. A police officer arrived minutes later and killed the animal.
The attack occurred outside a rental home near the Heavenly Ski Resort where the Carmichael, Calif., family was spending the holiday weekend.