During a press conference, USDA wildlife agent Adam Henry said the coyote, which made it to within 15 to 20 feet of the woman and her dog, was one of three that have been removed in the area since Tuesday’s attack.
A Dallas Animal Services (DAS) spokesperson said the agency believes it to be the same coyote.
“We are sending a DAS officer to collect the animal for rabies testing,” DAS spokesperson Marlo Clingman said Wednesday.
DAS reports there were 14 calls received about coyote sightings within a mile of where Thomas was attacked prior to the incident.
Police say the child was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was treated for lacerations to his neck, a hairline jaw fracture, bruises, and scratches. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
During the investigation into the attack, DAS discoved that neighborhood residents had been hand-feeding and petting the coyote, which had lost its fear of humans.
“This tragic incident shows why it is critical that residents treat all wildlife as wild animals — when wild animals become too comfortable around humans, there is an increase in problematic and dangerous interactions such as this one that put both residents and the animal itself at risk,” DAS said in a news statement.