PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say there's been a series of unprovoked coyote bites in Peoria over the past few days.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says three people in the Vistancia community have been bitten in a 24-hour period. None of the victims suffered serious injuries.
Authorities say a woman was bitten on the ankle by a coyote while she was resting on her back porch Monday evening.
Two other people were bitten while also on their porches Tuesday afternoon. A woman was bitten on the chest while reclining in a chair and a man was bitten on a leg.
Game and Fish officials say the biting incidents likely stem from territorial behavior by adult coyotes protecting their young.
However, they say cases of coyotes biting humans are rare in Maricopa County